What gift to give for Christmas 2022? Our advice from Formula 1 books, cars, motorcycles

The Great Stories

Les Grands Récits d’eurosport.fr, written by Laurent Vergne and Maxime Dupuis, editorial journalists, are now available in this compliant book 14 of the most striking stories of sport. Find out why Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna have been forever linked since that sad weekend of May 1, 1994, in Imola. Or, to go beyond Formula 1, what secrets was hiding Ivan Lendl, everyone’s hated champion. Or how Wilma Rudolph, the little girl who shouldn’t walk, became the sprint queen…

Edition: Amphora – Price: 23.50 euros

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Our opinion: A century of destinies unlike any other. Between eternal glory, unlikely heroes, curses and broken lives. To dive into the crazy history of sport.

The 2022 Formula 1 Golden Book

The start with a bang Charles Leclerc and Ferrari, then the breathlessness, and the helplessness of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, until a belated recovery, paved the way for a fantastic ride from Max Verstappen and Red Bull this season . Behind the scenes, there were many twists and turns, and all this is told through interviews with Pierre Waché, technical director of Red Bull Racing, or Pierre Gasly, who managed to obtain an exit voucher at AlphaTauri to go to Alpine in 2023. And more, portraits of the French hope Victor Martin and Dietrich Mataeschitz, the big boss of Red Bull who died last October.

Edition: Solar – Price: 29.99 euros

Our opinion: A basic. For all.

Max Verstappen, the biography

The Dutch journalist André Hoogeboom understood very quickly that the son of Jos was ready to shake up the established order in Formula 1. As early as 2016, he delivered his biography of the prodigy, which he has since continued to complete and enrich. Here is the latest version, in 252 pages, from the tough apprenticeship in karting until the advent of Abu Dhabi 2021.


Edition: Marabout – Price: 22.90 euros

Our opinion: A point of view from Holland on the new star of F1. Exciting.

Fernando Alonso, from Asturias to Alpine

The Spaniard has never left anyone indifferent, with the public in the teams where he has passed. From his beginnings at Minardi to his return to Alpine, passing through his two titles at Renault, the controversies at McLaren and the frustrations at Ferrari, he inspired Loïc Chenevas-Paule, who gives us a biography of « Nando » in 272 pages. before his move to Aston Martin. Not to mention his two triumphs at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and his experience at the Indianapolis 500.

Edition: Talent Sport – Price: 19.90 euros

Our opinion: To understand why the stainless Fernando Alonso fascinates more than ever at 41 years old.

Patrick Tambay, pilot & gentleman


This biography published at the end of 2021 sends a moving echo to the recent death of this ace of the slopes, who was French Junior champion in skiing before becoming Grand Prix winner in Formula 1 for Ferrari, at the heart of a dramatic period for the Scuderia. Frédéric Valli, the author, retraces the career of this eclectic who made a name for himself by winning the CanAm series in North America before Formula 1, and also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Paris-Dakar.

Edition: The literary company – Price: 37.00 euros (+8.00 euros postage)

Our opinion: Twenty interviews with some of the greatest names of the time (Mario Andretti, Alan Jones, Mauro Forghieri…) make this an absolutely precious work.

Formula 1, The Impossible Collection

British journalist Brad Spurgeon tackles an ambitious task: to explain how Formula 1 has gone from the amateurishness of its first world championship in 1950 to one of the most popular sports on the planet in recent years. By dint of technical breakthroughs, exploits of its greatest champions, and outstanding managers.

NB: book in English.

Publisher: Assouline Eds – Price: 920 euros

Our opinion: An exceptional book.

24 Hours of Le Mans 2022, the official book

This classic returns in detail why the long-awaited duel between Toyota and Alpine did not take place, and why the Japanese machine n°8 added a new chapter to its saga in the Sarthe. And how the Swiss Sébastien Buemi became a little more legendary with a 4th title.

Publisher: ETAI – Price: 49.00 euros

Our opinion: An annual still as complete, which gives pride of place to illustrations.

The 2022 car year

In the absence now of an annual devoted specifically to the WRC, this classic, which celebrates its 70th anniversary, does the job very well by returning to all the rallies of the season, from the formidable victory of Sébastien Loeb (Ford) to the Rallye Monte-Carlo until the advent of Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota), the youngest world rally champion in WRC history. The Sport section of this book goes into detail about the Formula 1 season, as well as that of the World Endurance and Formula E championships. And as always, industrial production and automotive culture hold a place of choice.

Edition: ETAI – Price: 69.00 euros

Our opinion: A 360° vision of the automobile.

The 2022 Motorcycle Guestbook

The 2021 season had only sounded a warning, and neither Yamaha nor Fabio Quartararo cut it in 2022. The Ducati armada swept onto the World Cup tracks and Pecco Bagnaia came back from nowhere to claim his first world crown. In an extraordinary atmosphere of respect with the Niçois, who believed in it until the end.

Edition: Solar – Price: 29.99 euros

Our opinion: Michel Turco, the best signing in the paddock.

Ducati, 20 years of MotoGP

We knew Michel Turco for his best sellers on Valentino Rossi, now he immerses us in the history of the Italian firm, back at the top of the queen category of speed. The Moto Revue journalist makes us relive year by year the saga of the Desmoseidici on the circuits for two decades, marked by the title Pilots of Casey Stoner in 2007 and Francesco Bagnaia in 2022.


Edition: Casa – Price: 39.95 euros

Our opinion: To the delight of the Ducatists

50 legendary MotoGP riders

Philippe Monneret, Moto consultant on the antennas of Eurosport, and Lionel Rosso selected the 50 pilots who built the legend of the queen class. They determined their choice through four criteria, each rated out of 10: awards, talent, popularity, charisma. Each driver is therefore rated out of 40, and it is no surprise Valentino Rossi who emerges as the undisputed No.1. We let you discover the rest of the classification, with the explanation of Philippe Monneret, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Edition: Solar – Price: 24.99 euros

Our opinion: A way to discover or rediscover the history of the 500cm3 / MotoGP through an original classification.

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