50 Years of Formula 1 Photography. Rainer Schlegelmilch

50 Years of Formula 1 Photography, from the lens of motorsport photographer Rainer Schlegelmilch, does exactly what it says on the tin. Er, cover.


When renounced motorsport photographer Rainer Schlegelmilch first started taking shots of the Formula 1 paddock, eventual three-time World Champion Ayrton Senna was only two years old, and quintessentially English racer Graham Hill was en-route to his first F1 title.


Hill’s Clark Gable-esque moustache and Jackie Stewart’s sideburns alone show just how much F1 has changed since its golden era. So too though does Schlegelmilch’s latest work, 50 Years of Formula 1 Photography. Across the weighty book’s 663 pages, readers can enjoy high res images of not only Senna, Hill and Stewart, but also fellow F1 champions Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Nigel Mansell and that old dog, Michael Schumacher.


Of course, the just-over-$50 hardback does not just cater for the title winners of F1 alone. Indeed, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa – on a roll having been so closely dealt his pink slip last season – adorns the cover, and the steely eyes of Francois Cevert, regarded as a champion in the making before his fatal accident at Watkin’s Glen in 1973, is one of many striking images.


Not only that, but 50 Years also celebrates those behind the scenes of F1 and the sport’s myriad fans from across the globe, plus the ingenious places from which they’d watch a Grand Prix.

When did climbing a telegraph pole to watch an F1 race fall out of style?

– Shots courtesy of Frechmann Kolón

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