Here I will list some that I have read recently or am soon to read and perhaps you guys can suggest others. I'm also including a short opinion on each to help you along.
- Powerbrokers, The Battle For F1's Billions - Alan Henry
Honestly I didn't get far into this one, it simply didn't hold my attention. Some might think otherwise though.
- Gilles Villeneuve - Gerald Donaldson
With this I fell in love with Gilles. An excellent book on one of the best drivers ever to have competed in F1. If you haven't yet read this and don't know much about Gilles, GET IT NOW!
- It Is What It Is, The Autobiography - David Coulthard
Although this was quite interesting it's definitely not the cream of the crop. The subject sometimes wanders a little and he repeats himself from time to time. Having said that the path of his career is good to read and there's a dabble of humor thrown in.
- Independent Man, The Autobiography - Eddie Jordan
I really quite enjoyed this one, a great insight into the Jordan team and it's path to F1. It has a bit of Eddie's cheeky nature with a few light hearted anecdotes etc. It also details the developments of each season in terms of the car which is very interesting.
- To Hell And Back : An Autobiography - Niki Lauda
Written in 1985 right at the (actual) end of Lauda's career I found this quite interesting. 'The Computer' as he was nicknamed is surprisingly witty and makes this an intriguing read. With a healthy mix of the man on and off the track, recommended to all fans of the sport.
- Working The Wheel - Martin Brundle
This book focuses on the tracks of Formula One past and present. Brundle recounts his own experiences of the tracks and surrounding areas and expect lots of hire car anecdotes. It maintains a combination of humor and technical aspects which keeps it interesting.
- Memories Of Ayrton Senna - Christopher Hilton
Only one of the books Hilton has written on Senna although this is more of a compilation. It's essentially a vast bank of quotes and stories from those that knew Senna with some brilliant first-hand recounts. A must for any Senna fan.
- Life At The Limit, Triumph And Tragedy In Formula One - Sid Watkins
As head of medical and safety in F1 from 1978 to 2004 Sid knows practically everyone in F1. This first installment was written in 1996 and although is discusses lots of the serious acpects of F1 and safety it's chock full of anecdotes. A really enjoyable read, you won't regret it!
- Beyond The Limit - Sid Watkins
This second book covers the progression from 1996 to 2000. It details each race from 2000 and although it isn't as long as the previous book includes a bit of extra info. A good follow up to Sid's first book.
- Unraced, Formula One's Lost Cars - S. S. Collins
I got this from the library, flicked through and took it back. Nothing very special, just 10 failed entries. Maybe if you're interested in the finer details this will interest you but I couldn't be bothered with it.
- Winning Is Not Enough, The Autobiography - Jackie Stewart
I've been meaning to read this for some time and have made a start but only a few pages. I expect it to be interesting but it is worryingly thick. I only say worryingly because from the picture pages I know it's going to go off track and onto things like golf and dogs... I suppose I'll get around to it soon, gotta love Jackie.
- Chasing the Title - Nigel Roebuck
Nigel is one of, if not the top motorsports journalist about. This is one of his 13 books and covers 50 years of F1, written in 1999. Another one I've only just started but I trust that it'll offer good information on the sport as a whole.
- Driven Man, David Richards, Prodrive, And The Race To Win - Alan Henry
Although I enjoyed some of it, I never finished this book. It gives good information on Prodrive but the problem is that's mainly all it does. It follows the format; This happened, then this happened, then this happened, and so on... Again I wouldn't discourage anyone from it but it doesn't have the character of some books I've read.
- My Autobiography, The People's Champion - Nigel Mansell
I spotted this in a charity shop and had to get it. I haven't read it yet but I've always admired Mansell and look forward to reading it.
- Flat Out, Flat Broke, Formula 1 The Hard Way! - Perry McCarthy
Perry, often known as the original Stig from Top Gear is a very funny guy and absolutely nuts. I'm only a few chapters into this book and it's just a barrel of laughs. Although he wasn't the most successful driver he's an experienced racer with lots of connections, just his nature makes this a better read than most. Plus, he wore a Gilles Villeneuve-esque helmet from 1992...
I hope you guys can make use of some of this and also recommend some of your favourites. I'm constantly on the look out for more decent books so I can cram as much F1 knowledge into my brain. Another one I'm after is 'Gerhard Berger, The Human Face Of F1', there doesn't seem to be any other Berger books about and he pulled plenty of pranks I'd love to read about.