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Announcing the JA on F1 2010 Review Book: Five Rivals, One Champion
Announcing the JA on F1 2010 Review Book: Five Rivals, One Champion
Posted By: James Allen  |  09 Nov 2010   |  2:55 pm GMT  |  150 comments

I’m delighted to announce that my season review book “James Allen on F1 2010 – Five Rivals, One Champion” will be published on November 29th.

But as from today you can pre-order your copy by clicking on THIS LINK or on the front cover icon to the right.

The book is large format paperback, 248 pages with 8 pages of colour photos and costs just £9.99. All copies ordered through the JA on F1 website will be signed by me and sent out on November 29th. We are printing a limited number so it’s wise to order sooner rather than later. We sold out last year.

The book is a collection of the best posts from the season, plus plenty of new material. Having listened carefully to readers’ comments on last year’s book, I’ve added a lot more retrospective material, to provide a more rounded picture of the season.

Once again the photography is by Darren Heath, F1’s premier photographer.

It’s been a fascinating season and the JA on F1 2010 book shows the arc of the key stories of the year, from the feud between Webber and Vettel, to the Ferrari team orders row, the struggles of the new teams and the troubled comeback of Michael Schumacher.

There is plenty of thoughtful analysis on all areas of the sport, including the contrasting approach of Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari to prioritising drivers, a red hot topic at the moment as the season reaches its climax.

And readers will find plenty of behind the scenes colour on the everyday soap opera of life in F1.

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Can't wait to have it James!



Thanks. Hope you enjoy it! Remember to send me feedback




Will there be an audio version?


Sadly not. One day maybe..


Excellent, I will order this in time for Christmas (gulp!).

When you say 'new content' how much can you say is new?


Publishing so soon after the end of the season you must have written alternative endings by now. Any chance we'll see the unused ones afterwards as a feature on your blog? I'd like to see a "Seb gave way to Mark to keep Alonso out of the title" story, even if it was totally imaginary.


The mathematical chance that Lewis has is actualy better than one would think.

Here's my scenario

Red Bull are leading and being hounded by Alonso. The two red bulls take each other out and now with Alonso being chased by Lewis.

Alonso's engine can't take it any more and blows up in a cloud of white smoke.

Lewis with a big grin on his face, wins the race and the drivers Championship


If both Bulls get out, Alonso would nurse his engine till the end of the race. It will be enough for him to finish tenth!!

Ahh, I would also like Seb to run a Vettel on Mark's car on the first corner... 😉


Here's wishing...


Haha that is a brilliant idea! Unfortunately I somehow doubt that alternative endings have really been written: surely it is more effort and complicated to write 5 alternate ending, all of which might be completely untrue, than to simply write one immediately after the event!


Just don't let Leggard commentate on Sunday otherwise we will never know who wins and your book will never be finished.!!!


tell me about it! bbc need to axe him. his commentary is not only poor, the amount of mistakes he makes and slowness to noticing things is incredible. the only reason i listen to the main comnentary is cos of martin brundle!


¿Will it be translated to Spanish?


not even if Alonso takes it? 🙂


I bet he can read English, no matter his strong Italian (!?) accent!


quality, can't wait to read this! is it paperback or hardback james?


Large format paperback, 248 pages, with 8 pages of colour

Christian Hepworth

Just ordered! A copy for me and a copy for my dad.

Looking forward to it arriving.


I'm surprised how good the price is, only 9.99. Ordered!


Looks great James.

Will I be able to buy it for my e-reader?


Good news!

Do you know if it will be dispatched to shops in Australia, as it might be quicker/cheaper to wait for that rather than paying delivery costs?


Sadly not. Post to Australia isn't too bad, I think about £8 or 9. And it's signed if you buy it here


OK, I will do.

I think this season in particular definitely worth it (and the Aussie dollar isn't doing too bad these days)

Thanks for the reply.


Ed I bought last years direct from this site. Postage was higher than expected but alot cheaper than getting it in Australia or any F1 book. Plus its signed by James- can't buy that in Australia. 18 pound all up for 1 copy.

Bonus with our exchange rate going so well

James looking forward to it again.



do you send copies outside europe ?

I heard that among the new rules for next year the ballast use will be somehow limited. Can you tell us more please


Yes, of course. And the top ten most frequent comment leavers get a free copy. I will post their names shortly.


Does you take into consideration the comments that are blocked? 😉


LOL, I bet I am between the top 10 moderated comment leavers!


Why didn't I know that before? I would have been posting more comments! Maybe next year then ;-). I guess I have to simply order it now. Will be good to have something to read for the long winter break!


Damn, thought I was first! Looking forward to another good read, James. Are you planning any books on particular drivers, teams or era's in the sport?


Any chance of a Kindle version?


Agreed, also interested in a Kindle edition


At least a third sale via Kindle if it's available!


Ah was wondering when the book would be out. Loved last years, I best get ordering!

Great front cover photo from Darren.


I tried to preorder the book but my country, URUGUAY is not in the popup list!


Sara from contacted me and solved the 'missing country issue' in a few hours. Great customer support, I already preordered.


Ordering the book - but I would love that photo on the cover as a poster - who owns the rights to it/where can I find it?

must have!



Yikes, $240 for the smallest print, and $320 for one that's big enough to be a decent poster!

I guess you get what you pay for, but I can't possibly afford that 🙁


Brilliant James. Once again you're underselling yourself though 😉

9.99 is a bargain!

Great stuff. Have you already written your champions section? I bet you have 😉


excellent news ....

incidentally, with there be a reprint of your 2009 book any time?


"The book is a collection of the best posts from the season"... Oh! So do we get commission on that James? 😉 Of course, I jest... it's your posts that you refer to, NOT the rubbish we post in response.

Y'know, I so wish you'd chosen the picture with Button doing rabbit ears 🙂 But good luck with the release!


James, will this include the WDC result and its analysis?


Yes. Text will be finalised on Monday


Post number 1

post numbers 2 to 300000001 to follow shortly...can I have my book now ?


So who ends up winning then?


...That would be telling...


Great news - just ordered my copy and can't wait for it to arrive! It's a long time until Bahrain 2011 and I need an F1 fix to keep me going until then.

Bit more effort with the signature though this year please, James... 😉


£9.99.......! Bargain at half the price - Last years book was superb James, and this years I expect no less.

Well done and thanks for makes F1 more accessable this year to the fans.


Of course it would be a bargain at half the price - that would be £5! 😉


There's a colleague of yours who says that Maldonado's deal is done. It remains to be seen who among the Williams drivers will be dumped.

I think that Williams wants to keep the Hulk and are using Barrichello to put pressure on Hulk for a 5 year deal with 15 Millions exit clause.


I think Barrichello has a contract. This situation is complicated.


It always is in F1

Marty McSuperfly

That sounds about right. Williams and driver contracts never seem to get along very well. Except for Ralphs case. I never did quite get that one...


Oh that one's easy. Ralf's a great driver.

Simples, as they say.


Easy, you get Half a Schumacher for a quarter of the money.

Hope you do not need a calculator. 😉


I look forward to seeing the really small typeface in the last few pages if lots of unexpected and noteworthy things happen in the last race... considering how you've already announced the number of pages 😉


LOL! I've paced myself!


done, going to have a nice collection over the next couple of years!


Looking forward to it James, so much has happened in a season that will be talked about for a very long time to come.


Top 10 get a free copy?! Tsh! It's quality not quantity! ;).

Only joking. This website is superb and the level of debate in the comments section is by far the most intelligent debate I have come across on the various F1 blogs which exist. Far too many of them descend into slanging matches.

James, you do a great job here and I can't praise highly enough the standard of the articles you write and the content in them.

Last year's book was a great read, I bought it from the website and thankyou for signing it. I will also be buying this years as soon as I get home from work today. I look forward to it. A quick word for Darren Heath as well - his photography is stunning.

Keep up the good work James.



That's right. I have never seen more intelligent guys elsewhere and the knowledge they have is very high.

If anyone is going to disrupt this healthy debate, I say dont allow them to post the comment again forever.

By the way, Congrats to James on the book.

I remember buying James "Michaeal Schumacher: Edge of greatness" and I read is 8 times so far from front to back


Ordered!. Is it possible to buy a copy of the 2009 edition?

Can't wait for next weekend!! Almost sleepless!!


Hello James,

I'm from Brazil and I have your first book which is really great. I had no problem ordering it.

However, I proceeded to pre-order the 2010 edition and sadly my country does not show on the countries' list.

How can I order it again?

On a side note, if you ever need a translator to release your book in Brazil, contact me. I'd be glad to help this book see print in Brazil!



This has been an exciting season, albeit through mistakes as much as skill; not, as a certain gimlet may have you believe, of a revised points system!

I didn't get last years' book because I wasn't so sure if the season warranted it. When I realised Brawn's unique achievement wouldn't be repeated, it had sold out.

Won't be making that mistake again.


havent been on this website enough this year to be honest. going to order the book regardless. looks very good. all the best


James, if you've already written the ending, could you please reveal who wins the WDC this weekend?


No Terry, he said he is going to finalize it on Monday. It is a waste of time to write alternative endings...


A clumsy joke on my part, Veeru. Enjoy the finale!


Many thanks James - 2 copies ordered. I shall look forward to reading it over christmas as will my father in law (yes malcolm this is one of your pressies!)


Just read some comments from Lewis Hamilton saying of he can't win the wdc he'd like mark webber to win it.

I bet mclaren would love to skupper Ferrari and one side of the redbull garage!

I just wish it was the weekend. It is going to be brilliant.


Looks cool. Or, you could have called it "4 Champions, One Rivalry..."


Problem is in a way youmight struggle to have a happy ending to this season for your book, I feel more controversy comming our way (as this surley is a big part of the 2010 season)

1. If Vettel wins it are we going to be talking about how RB blew up Mark's engine from the pitwall just after Alonso's wheel came off cause red bull would ever only let vettel win it.

2. If Webber wins surely its because Vettel let him through and he only wins it through team orders eventhough they had sworn on their lives they would not.

3. If Alonso wins it its just because either the two RB drivers could not get out of eachother's hairs and thus the worst result ever by a car that is so dominant or he ends up winning with a 2nd place and is accused of winning due to teamorders.

My predicted ending is that Hamilton won it after Vettel took himself and Alsonso out at the first corner, while Mausschnitzel got so angry about this he accidently blew that big red button on the pitwall Horner told him not to touch (you know the one that puts young pretty germans before old stuborn Australians by "accident")


Will you ship to the U.S.A.?

I would love to have one!


Yes definitely, click on the link



After reading gerhard bergers comments recently I started to recall some of the practical jokes gr pulled on ayrton over the years.

I'm sure you have heard most of them, but I thought it would make a great book that fans would love.

One of my favourites is the story about Berger and alesi "borrowing" a lancia delta integrale from outside the offices at maranello and trashing it around the test track. Legend has it that alesi was driving and Berger was on the hand brake. I believe they parked it on it's roof, and it was Jean todts.

Any idea if that is true? I wouldn't be surprised with gerhard involved.
What's Your favourite story or Annecdote on practical jokers/bad behaviour.


I have ordered 2 copies, as I managed to 'convert' a neighbour of mine over here in Canada from Nascar. He is just amazed now with F1 and he will be very surprised to see your Book under his Xmas Tree.....

Tis sure has been one hell of a season and it is not quite over just yet, maybe one more sting in the tail to come.

Keep up the fantastic work James.


Any special foreword in this years book James? Nice touch getting Ross for last years.


Will definately order this book, just have to wait until I'm home because my creditcard is not with me right now.

Shipping would have to take place to Costa Rica or to friends in The Netherlands that can bring the book for me.

James, you have fans all over the world ;).


James, typical off topic coment.

Some people have texted before about an interesting issue: to know the origin of your readers split by countries. I seem to remember a comment of yours saying that some 60% of your readers are non-UK based, could this figure be right? Are you including in the book some data regarding this point?

Thomas in Australia

Hmmm Webber is looking like a champion in that picture James. The book is published on my birthday, how could i not order a copy! 😀

Offtopic here - any chance you could invite Darren Heath to write a guest article on the blog about his experiences this year, the gear he shoots with and some of his favourite pics of the year?

Can't believe the season is over this weekend. Hoping Webber or Vetell win in fair and square. This brilliant season deserves not to be remembered for a "team orders" World Drivers Champion.


You can read Darren's blog at



Any reason why you didn't hold off the print run until after the last race to get an end of season comment in the book?


I did, that's why the book isn't published until the end of the month..It will be right up to and including the last race


Ive ordered my copy, have throughly enjoyed all the views and news on this website, im very pleased i found it. a fantastic insight into the world of f1.


Enjoyed last year's book James. Thanks


Hi James, will you be doing a public book signing like you did last year?


I'm thinking about it.


Fantastic! I enjoyed last years' and looking forward to this year.

James, you're living proof of journalism paying in the Internet age; Rupert Murdoch should be offering you a job considering the struggles he's having with his online strategy.


Purchased, thanks for great coverage once again and the fan forum earlier this year James, great stuff!


I was going to order the book and then when I found out postage to Australia was almost the same as the book I thought again and then read the comments on your book post I then thought again and have ordered one and now I thinking about ordering another for a present. The book is so cheap for what it is, thanks. As a Mark Webber fanatic I am hoping the final chapter on Sunday will involve a Mark Webber Pole and authentic win which he is capable of.

Love your work and your site James. Thanks for quality F1 articles.


I won't rule out a Webber victory but a Webber pole is very unlikely.



This has got to be the most comprehensive website of F1.

I found the site about half way through the season, and it has gone straight to the top of my bookmarks!

BTW,We miss you on tv commentary!


ha, i am very happy. My second book from JA. Love it !



Can't wait to have it too James!!

Thanks a lot for your work.



My son is a bigger f1 fan than me, I think I will buy it for him and read it when he has finished it.

James what a season, I hope next year will be just as exciting.

I am really interested in who will partner Kubica at renault next year,I feel he needs a Team Mate to push him before we can say he is the next big thing.


I guess it's Vitali Petrov. Putin tested a Renault in Russia. There's a Russian GP in 2014 and Renault (which is no longer Renault) has a Russian sponsor and above all needs money so without the slightest clue, I'm sure Petrov will be there next year.


Book ordered,...but I thought it rather expensive when the postage to Australia was included,...however, I am sure it will be worth the cost.

Any chance of you returning to commentating James?, ....would be good if you did.

Cheers, Ken



I have been waiting just so I can order an xmas gift for myself that I know I will really like and want.

Thanks for the insightful commentary...


LOL. I just sent it out to my family and said, in case you are looking for ideas for my small christmas presents 😉


Who wrote the book? The typeset on the cover is too small.


Just a quickie, Nathan in post#4 asked how much is new content?

Last years book was a good read despite the fact that I had read it all here during the year, but then again if it's good enough for Clarkson . . . .


There is a lot more new writing this year - ie stuff that was not on the site - probably three or four times more than last year.


Great - many thanks.


Cant beleive it ! Never read a book in my life but i still oredered this one.

I am a huge schumy fan and i want to read more about his struggled comeback.

Also this season has seen some intereting episodes with the top 4 teams.

I am sure it will be a good read. Looking forward to it !!


Thanks James.


I hope you have covered all five contenders equally with no bias, giving credit where its due!


Thanks James. Looking forward to it.


Just preordered it!

This is actually the first F1 book I have ever bought, and considering how great this blog is there's no doubt this book will be a fantastic read.


Thanks, please let me have your feedback


ordered with pleasure!


One is travelling for Croatia.

Just ordered it.

Only i can't understand why are shipping costs so high.

100 km from here and difference is 4 pounds...

Lokking forward to receving it...


Hi James, Hope it is ok I have posted a link on our forum telling our members about your book.


Just ordered it and I'm really looking forward to this, it's a great idea. I love the this site and the way you go about things. I've also enjoyed your editorials for one HD (TV Channel in Australia). Keep it up I'm loving it!


Thanks for that. Please give me feedback on book when you get it


Hello James,

I’m from Brazil and I have your first book which is really great. I had no problem ordering it.

However, I proceeded to pre-order the 2010 edition and sadly my country does not show on the countries’ list.

How can I order it again?

On a side note, if you ever need a translator to release your book in Brazil, contact me. I’d be glad to help this book see print in Brazil!



Our e commerce partner Grand Prix Legends is working on this and has your email address. It will be sorted


Yeah, shame on me. I opened your blog this morning even before I checked my mail and it was already sorted.

Already ordered!

Thanks James! Roll on Abu Dhabi!


Looks like it will be a great read...

I'm interested to know if you had any thoughts on if/how Jenson's season has been compromised by the situation with his race engineers illness since Canada? At this point he seemed to be right on Lewis' pace, whereas since then there more often than not been few tenths between them ?


After last years debacle where I made so many hints to my girlfriend (now fiancee so she is forgiven) that I wanted JA book - imagine my incandescent rage on Christmas morning when I unwrapped my presents to find - socks-ties-jumpers-and a raft of other extremely useful stuff and a mixture of toys but no JA book.

This year im getting it for myself...


Hi James,

Is it shipped within GB/EU only?

I'd love to get it but couldn't order with delivery to Moscow (Ru).



We can do Russia. I'll forward your mail to the distributors.


I've ordered 2 books with delivery to Russia, Moscow, there was no problem at all.


Thanks! F1 is coming alive in Russia


May i please know if these will be available in the Philippines or anywhere in Southeast Asia?


James, hi.

I pre-ordered the book yesterday but have no email confirmation yet. Will you be able to check it?

Order Ref. No. is 303309

Will you be able to check if the order has gone through? A posting at the same time was never picked up either.


Pre-ordered my book! Cannot wait to get reading it, I will have another read through last years book just to refresh my memory!

May I make a special request?!

You and Martin Brundle must do a book today, I think you worked really well together, with his racing background knowledge and your over-all knowledge of the sport. I'm sure their would be plenty of interesting stories between the two of you!


The pre-order link has been subtly emailed to my other half. Hopefully father christmas will be leaving it as a stocking filler. 🙂


I ordered it but I'm in the US. Wouldn't the postage be different for sending it over the Atlantic?


It's been this year that I discovered this site and it's been a nice addition to races and a great insight into F1. Thanks a lot :).

What's more this is going to be my first book about F1 :).

And I was just wondering - what one has to do to get the authograph of the author in the book ;-)?


I will sign all books ordered through this site. Thanks


Will there be a movie ?

Maybe with Sylvester Stallone playing the part of Mark Webber :-/



Will there be a movie ?

Maybe with Sylvester Stallone playing the part of Mark Webber :-/

Sign me up.

Ordered this year's book, will sit nicely alongside last year's, before we know it we will all be ordering next year's. 2010 has flown by so quickly, what a fantastic F1 season.

Have read this website everyday, Thanks James.


James, if you had the chance to go back and write about another Formula One Season in terms of your book format. What year would it be?


Ok, i ordered!

I'm in Canada and it's costing me a FORTUNE!!

Better be good! and definitely a feedback will do! 🙂

thank you!


Ordered, I await with anticipation. Il take this opportunity James to thank you for providing this website, I think this is by far the best F1 website out there. Your insight and stories into our quite hard to follow sometimes sport, are superb.


hi there James, is this the first year you publish this kind of book? sorrry for my lack of knowledge, but i started following your blog this year. btw, just ordered the book two minutes ago!!!


hello James,

will the events of last Winter* also be included in this book? Or does the book start with the Bahrain race?

* Jenson's sudden departure from Brawn, Schumacher's shock return, the Mercedes Brawn merger, the race of the new teams getting ready for Bahrain and the demise of USF1. What a hot Winter it was.

And it looks like this Winter will be no exception with the ongoing yet confusing Lotus feud: Group Lotus is trying to rewrite the history books. Historically, Group Lotus and Proton have nothing to do with Team Lotus. Bring on the black/gold cars!


Hi James, will this book be available through Amazon again? I have some gift vouchers to use up and this will do very nicely!


It will but not for a few weeks


Hi James. Your book is very very interesting. I`ve got this book 2 days ago and I`m already on the chapter 5.

But why you put only a few pictures and all in a middle of the book ? Is this a matter of costs ?

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