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“F1 2009 – A Revolutionary Year” on sale today
“F1 2009 – A Revolutionary Year” on sale today
Posted By: James Allen  |  27 Nov 2009   |  7:50 pm GMT  |  89 comments

My review of the 2009 F1 season, entitled “F1 2009 – A Revolutionary Year” went on sale today.

The book tells the story of the 2009 season, from the McLaren launch in January to the last race in Abu Dhabi. I called it “A Revolutionary Year” because this was a year in which the backmarkers of 2008 won the championship and the champion teams of recent times lost their dominance. Off track it was the year when the teams revolted against the governing body and almost started a breakaway series.

It covers all 17 Grands Prix and tells the behind the scenes stories of the headline grabbing events, like Alonso’s move to Ferrari, the F1 teams’ breakaway threat and the Renault crash-fixing scandal.

It looks in detail at Jenson Button’s wobbles in the second half of the year, the Schumacher comeback that wasn’t, why Ferrari dropped Kimi Raikkonen and looks behind the stories of the racing action. It is based on the best of the blog entries from this site through the year plus some new linking content. It features a Foreword from Ross Brawn and photography from Darren Heath. It is a large format paperback and costs £9.99.

It is a limited print run and I’m hoping that people who have enjoyed this site during the year will view it as a cool collectable.

Book Sign
This morning I went to the publisher’s warehouse and signed 1,000 copies. All readers who order through this website will receive a signed book.

If you would like to get a copy signed in person, tomorrow I will be doing a book signing at Motor Books in Central London at 3pm. The shop is on Cecil Court, between St Martins’ Lane and Charing Cross Road.

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Hi James,

Excellent book well done, enjoyed the technical info, looking forward to next years. Happy New Year.


Hi James. thank you for your book, it is very interesting. this book came quite long way (i`m come from Poland) but I was very keen to read it.

thanks for your autograph also ! 🙂


Thank you. I really appreciate your support.


Got mine through the door this morning James, front page bearing your mark 🙂

I have, like the poster above, just started to dig into it. Much of it is familiar as I’ve been reading the blog since it started. But what I like in this format is how everything gets equal emphasis over the year. It seems in most annual reviews things tend to be skewed towards the business end of a season, that many of the compelling stories at the start get missed.

It seems like a life ago that double diffusers were the centre of everyone’s focus. But yet that really was the story of the season in many respects.

This format allows that controversy to be covered in the detail it requires while still giving equal weighting to other moments like Jenson’s drive in Brazil, or the political machinations of Vatanen, Todt and Mosley.

I will post more thoughts later, but I’m quite happy with it so far and I wasn’t really sure what to expect with it to be honest, I bought it more to say thanks for the blog this year than anything else.


Thanks very much, Aaron. I appreciate your comments


Hi James,

Also got my copy yesterday, over half way through already – really enjoying it – it is great to see that you managed to look through the crystal ball on many occasions throughout the year. It’s gonna be a long winter so this really helps, mind you I think I will have finished it by the end of the week! 🙁

Still I will keep login onto the site everyday for the best insite into F1

Keep up the great work



Thanks for the feedback


Hi! And sorry for my bad english 🙂

I got book today and boy, am I happy puppy!! 🙂

What a great book for reading in this cold winter..

I wanted to ask you for opinion about one person from Croatia who is, I believe, very much into Formula 1, and now he is involved in USF1 team. The name is Mladen Jergovic. What do you think of him? He is commentator on F1 for HRT (Croatian national television) and I like him for knowing so much about F1 (just like you 😉 )

Thank you for opinion and here is url from his column about USF1 if you have time to read it (google translate)


Greeting from Croatia!


Thanks for that. I’ll take a look


My book arrived yesterday, read about 70 pages already and really enjoying it.

Thanks for the personalised message too James.


Got home to my signed copy tonight, just what the doctor ordered after a long work day and 3 hours of college.

Hats off to Darren Heath for the photography, his photos sum the season up perfectly.

Really enjoying the book! Congrats James.


Thanks for the feedback. Sorry if my signature is a bit messy, my kids have better writing than me!


Hi James! Glad to see that the book looks to be a rousing success. Do you plan on doing something similar year to year?


Yes. This is year one and we will do it every year. A collectable series


Hi James, the book arrived today, looks great and looking forward to reading it on the tube over the next week!


Just wanted to say i’ve recieved my book today and it looks great. I haven’t posted much this year but i’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the blog this year. Hope you continue it next year.


Thanks. Remember that the ten people who submit the most genuine comments over the season, get a free book at the end of the year. We will do the same again next year.


Ah – didn’t realise it was a limited print run. Are there still many left? When would be the best time to order – “sooner is better” or do you think I could get away with waiting a week or two?

Although this is my first comment I’ve actually been following this since the start of the season (well, since about the Malaysian GP weekend). I suppose there’s a chance some of it may be repetitive but I’d expect most of it won’t be and I think it would end up a “cool collectable” as a result.


That’s the idea.


Got my pre order in looking forward to reading it!


Thank you


My son would love to have your book for Xmas – he underlined it twice in his letter to santa! problem is the website won’t recognise my postcode – any one else had any problems?


Sorry to hear that. Email the details to us at james@jamesallenonf1.com and we will get the fulfillment company to look into the problem.


All sorted now! Book ordered!

Now,am I allowed to read it before wrapping it up for my son?….


Just got my book through this morning. Thanks for signing them.

I’ve just read the section about Bernie’s medals system and wondered if you had heard anything about this being introduced in 2010.

As far as I was aware, the reason this was not introduced wasn’t because of the negative feedback from fans but the fact that it was not put through in time for the 2009 season under the FIA’s own regulations.

Do you think they will now press ahead with it for next season?


No, that has gone quiet for now


maybe because he realised that if it had been implemented, jenson would have won the championship after about 9 races, instead of it going to brazil. the quieter that idea stays, the better.


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Yea Baby!!! 🙂


Thanks for that, enjoy!



I notice on your Twitter page you mentioned you had tea with Tony Fernandes from Lotus..

Can you tell us if Villeneuve will get a drive with the new Lotus team next year?

Im really hoping so..


His name did not come up, no. Trulli’s did. They would like to get him. He’s quite a character. I’m going to post on him and Lotus soon.



Another sale goes through – you deserve it !

Postage was twice the price of the book though – I guess that’s the joys of living in New Zealand.

That said, I have no problems paying for it !

Note I was number 1194 – I’m hoping I’ll still have you signature in it – HINT 😉

Regardless – keep up the ace insight. Looking forward to your views next year – should be an interesting one !



NZ (ex UK – where I got decent TV coverage, with JA as a commentator and it wasn’t always in the middle on the night !)


Cheers for that. They’ll let me know when the signed ones run out and I’ll sign some more.


Hey James

Am from india and have been following your blog all year long. Is the book going to be released here also ?? If not how can i get a copy of ur book shipped here ??


If you order through this site the fulfillment company will send it to India, no problem


Hope i can get a copy delivered out to Abu Dhabi.. James, would you be able to sign it?



If you order it through the site, it will be a signed one you get, yes


Got my book already (Sydney, Australia)!

Thanks James for signing those ordered through the web site.

Look forward to hearing you again on TV next year… but keep up the blog, eh?


Cheers, let me know what you think


Hamilton to win the qulifying battle hands down but JB to be within a whisker by the last race…what do you think ??


Hi James

Thanks for offering to sign some books – My wife ordered me one as an early Christmas present so I look forward to reading it when it arrives in Denmark 😀


I saw that one being put in a cardboard envelope at the warehouse. Hope you enjoy it


Hi James

Ive ordered the book thru your website a couple of weeks ago, so seeing a pic of you signing a 1000 copies means we’re all get our copy soon…. Great!


James, why don’t you come up to Glasgow and do a book signing here?!


James, thsnk you for all the insight and in-depth analysis form the bear pit of F1! This book will, I’m sure, be good to read!

One angle on all these new teams coming in which would, IMHO, make interesting reading, is where they will all be based, and where the factories are. This came to mind from a previous post, where it was mentioned that Mercedes (engines) is the former Ilmor, and based just up the road from the Artists formerly known as Brawn! Also with the USF1 team being based in America, but with a ‘secondary base’ in Spain. Does this have an influence on the rate of development/communication between engine supplier and chassis construction, and team and factory etc. For instance, was one of the difficulties with the team that became known as Brawn (ie Honda), that decisions had to be made by top brass in Japan, rather than on the ground, which inevitably led to a loss in development time?

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