F1 Heroes celebrated in a new photo book

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has written the introduction for a new photo book “F1 Heroes” that celebrates the great drivers of the sport’s 70-year history, from Juan Manuel Fangio to Lewis Hamilton.

The images are the work of the celebrated photographers from Motorsport Images, principally Rainer Schlegelmilch, Ercole Colombo, Michael, and Steven Tee as well as Mark Sutton.

"I believe the most fitting word is 'intensity '", writes Domenicali.  "This is the key ingredient of Formula 1 but also of life. You will find it in every one of the photographs before you... a journey through Motorsport Images' collection of photographs, a unique 'archive of archives'. It comprises the works of many prestigious and invaluable photojournalists."

The book, which has been curated by Colombo and well-known Italian journalist Giorgio Terruzzi, features many well-known images. The cover is Andy Hone's award-winning shot of Romain Grosjean's miracle escape from his fireball accident in Bahrain. Schlegelmich’s iconic shot of Ayrton Senna in a pensive mood and Colombo's image of Gilles Villeneuve's full-blooded slide in the Ferrari are among other highlights. Many of the images are unique; Steven Tee's photo of the collision between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost at Suzuka in 1989, for example.

Ayrton Senna, McLaren
Ayrton Senna, McLaren
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Photo by: Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

Romain Grosjean, Haas F1, emerges from flames after a horrific crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Marshals attend the accident
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1, emerges from flames after a horrific crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Marshals attend the accident
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Photo by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images

Alain Prost, McLaren, Ayrton Senna, McLaren
Alain Prost, McLaren, Ayrton Senna, McLaren
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Photo by: Motorsport Images

Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari
Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari
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Photo by: Ercole Colombo

The book tells the story of F1 and its heroic drivers in a series of chapters covering each of the eight decades. The black and white images from the 1950s and early 1960s show the simplicity of the cars and race tracks. They give way to the color of the late 1960s and 1970s, Formula 1's most glamourous but also most dangerous time, when many lives were lost. The golden age of Senna, Prost, Mansell, Lauda and Piquet in the 1980s leads to the Michael Schumacher years in the 1990s and 2000s and from there on to Hamilton and the present-day heroes.

Photography has been ever-present in the storytelling of F1 across its 70 years and as the television coverage becomes more fragmented and social media's importance increases, so too does the importance of high-quality imagery.

Some of the images from the book have also been on display during September to coincide with the Italian Grand Prix weekend in Monza, in an exhibition at the nearby Villa Reale, which attracted thousands of Grand Prix fans, as well as locals.

"F1 Heroes" is published by Skira and is now available to buy at Skira.

https://www.skira.net/en/books/f1-heroes-1/.

Ercole Colombo
Ercole Colombo
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Steven Tee and Stefano Domenicali
Steven Tee and Stefano Domenicali
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Stefano Domenicali and Pierluigi Martini
Stefano Domenicali and Pierluigi Martini
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ercole Colombo, James Allen and Steven Tee
Ercole Colombo, James Allen and Steven Tee
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Stefano Domenicali and Pierluigi Martini
Stefano Domenicali and Pierluigi Martini
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Stefano Domenicali
Stefano Domenicali
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Stefano Domenicali
Stefano Domenicali
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ercole Colombo, Pierluigi Martini and James Allen
Ercole Colombo, Pierluigi Martini and James Allen
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Stefano Domenicali
Stefano Domenicali
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Rainer Schlegelmilch and Stefano Domenicali
Rainer Schlegelmilch and Stefano Domenicali
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Stefano Domenicali and Rainer Schlegelmilch
Stefano Domenicali and Rainer Schlegelmilch
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Rainer Schlegelmilch
Rainer Schlegelmilch
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Rainer Schlegelmilch and Steven Tee
Rainer Schlegelmilch and Steven Tee
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ercole Colombo
Ercole Colombo
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ercole Colombo
Ercole Colombo
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Jean Alesi and Steven Tee
Jean Alesi and Steven Tee
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ercole Colombo
Ercole Colombo
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Stefano Domenicali
Stefano Domenicali
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Jean Alesi
Jean Alesi
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

Ercole Colombo and Stefano Domenicali
Ercole Colombo and Stefano Domenicali
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Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

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