Formula 1 The Knowledge - Hardback Book - Signed by David Hayhoe


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David Hayhoe, the self confessed King Anorak of F1, has produced a 'statistical bible' of stats, information and trivia. A MUST HAVE resource for any self respecting aficionado of motorsport.

With a forward by Channel 4's F1 Commentator Ben Edwards, this 434 page hard back contains more than 1,000 sections on the drivers, the cars, the engines and the circuits. F1 fans will not be able to put this book down. It is both contagious and infectious! It will educate and amuse you. It is a triumph of trivia, a feast of fun.

Only 150 copies are left!

My fellow 'anorak' David Hayhoe yesterday hand-delivered a copy of his new, self-published tome. It's a terrifying piece of work - exactly as expected and just how I like them. In it are thousands of results, records, stats, facts and coincidences from the history of the Formula 1 World Championship. I love this stuff!

Henry Hope-Frost


This amazing effort is an F1 anorak’s dream, and is packed with trivia. The astonishing research throws up no end of pub ammo.

Classic and Sports Car

Fabulous new treasure trove of Stats just arrived. I wrote the Forward but David Hayhoe has unearthed some gems.

Ben Edwards



  • Performance records of every driver, every constructor and every engine make to have taken part
  • A detailed insight into the variety of qualifying procedures throughout the years
  • A summary of regulation changes since 1950
  • A quick reference guide to every grand prix result
  • Photographs depicting the history of Formula 1

You will also discover...

  • When cars 1, 2, 3 and 4 finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th
  • Which world champions had the fewest race wins in their career
  • When there were no world champions on the starting grid of a race
  • Which drivers retired from races the most times on home soil
  • Which drivers achieved their first win on home soil
  • When a driver scored no points in the season that his team-mate became world champion
  • When 14 different constructors finished a race in the top 14 positions
  • When 9 different drivers won 9 consecutive races
  • When 8 different constructors finished in the top 8 positions
  • When 7 different drivers won the first 7 races of the season
  • The amusing story behind a famous driver who drove two makes of car in one race
  • How Formula 1 qualifying procedures have evolved over the years
  • How Formula 1 regulations have developed throughout history
  • How Jackie Stewart had a special relationship with number 11
  • More connections to “44” for Lewis Hamilton than you realise


You can't get a bigger compliment than this!

Absolutely packed with all the information you could ever wish to know about world championship F1 racing (and much that you would never dream of needing) – a very diverting and intriguing thing in which to dip. A most remarkable piece of work.

Doug Nye


...and still the praise keeps coming

Weird triumphs, heroic failures, unfeasible stats, beyond-belief coincidences! It’s the story of F1 like you’ve never read before.
CAR magazine

The new statistical bible! The book starts out with a bang with a series of unusual events and continues with a legion of statistics that you would not find elsewhere.

Fascinating! Impossible to read without blurting out “Did you know…?”.
OCTANE magazine

About The Author

David Hayhoe was born in Beckenham, Kent in 1954 and spent 33 years working in the Departments of Environment and Transport, from the age of 17, until 2004. He began as a clerical officer analysing house prices and, in his final twelve years, responsible for inspecting aviation security at the UK’s  airports.

As a motorsport enthusiast since the early ‘80s, has researched heavily into the sport’s history and statistics and compiled his own database. This materialised in publication of his first Grand Prix Data Book in 1989. He has progressively made the database more comprehensive and further editions of the book have been favourably received around the world by the media and enthusiasts. In 1991, he was invited to be the statistician for Autocourse, “The World’s Leading Grand Prix Annual”, and remains in that role to this day.

He has also contributed to a number of books profiling F1 drivers and also media guides. He has written race reports and provided photographs for a variety of provincial newspapers including the ‘Dumfries & Galloway Standard’ on David Coulthard’s career and Frome newspapers on Jenson Button. He has attended many grands prix around the world, and IndyCar races in North America, and covers historical meetings within the UK.

The idea for this latest project Formula 1 The Knowledge came five years ago when David decided to embark on improving and substantially adding to the popular Records and Trivia chapter in his previous books. The title The Knowledge was taken from the test which ensures that London taxi drivers know London in depth – a parallel being drawn to the amount of information on F1 contained in this new book.

Following his voluntary early retirement from the Civil Service and with consequently more time on his hands, it has allowed him to delve more into Formula 1 analysis, but also to travel, attend concerts and appreciate his book and music collections, photography and his home in Seaford, East Sussex.


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