If you are interested in becoming an engineer or technical person in F1 there is a great deal of background reading that you can do to improve your knowledge and understanding of the sport.
I immersed myself in Formula 1 from an early age, watching every race on television and reading about the history of the sport and some of the personalities that have shaped it. Today there is even more good information available and improving your technical motorsport and engineering knowledge will prepare you well for interview and help in the early stages of your career.
Formula 1 Tech Guides
- Formula 1 Technical Analysis 2011-2012
- Red Bull Racing F1 Car Manual: An Insight into the Technology, Engineering, Maintenance and Operation of the World Championship-winning Red Bull Racing RB6 (Owner’s Workshop Manual)
- Race Car Vehicle Dynamics
- Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speed (Technical including tuning & modifying)
From Formula One, to Indy Car, Drag and Sedan Racing, this book provides clear explanations for both engineers who want to improve their design skills, and enthusiasts who want to understand how their favourite cars go fast. The book explains: How aerodynamics win races. Why downforce is more important than streamlining and drag reduction. Wind tunnel designs, methods and results-what you can and cannot believe. Full definitions of terms, with equations and examples provided for determining key aerodynamic parameters like drag, lift and side-force coefficients, fluid viscosity, or wind-tunnel corrections. Numerous examples using specific race cars, passenger-based prototypes, and open-wheel designs.
Who works in Formula 1 is an annual directory published at the beginning of each season. It gives superb detail on each driver, team, the key people who work there and contact details for suppliers and each grand prix organiser. Its quite an expensive book but possible a worthwhile investment if you are serious about working in the sport.
Giorgio Piola has been been writing his excellent guides to each year’s Formula 1 cars since 1994. His technical drawings are now used by the official Formula 1 website to explain various aspects of the rules and recent innovations.
Each book is very well presented with hundreds of colour drawings, detailing the upgrades and changes to each car through the season. Its a very quick way to appreciate how a Formula team develops and upgrades its car through the season, and shows you the layout and design aspects of the cars beneath the bodywork.
Whilst this book is marketed as a bit of fun by Red Bull and the famous Haynes manuals it actually has some great photos and explanations of various aspects of the car layout. It would be especially good for people who are not overly familiar with what goes where.
The book is marketed as showing the 2010 RB6 model but many of the photos are several years older than that as the team obviously wants to protect its later designs. A good and informative book nonetheless ! Haynes have also started to produce similar manuals on older and classic Formula 1 cars.
This book is highly technical but is the bible of many race engineers and vehicle dynamicists.
It covers every aspect of car handling, setup and vehicle performance and is well illustrated to explain many of the fundamental concepts. It also covers tyre performance and aerodynamics. Recommended only for the technically minded.
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