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The Art of War – Five Years in Formula One is the first contemporary account from inside Formula One and the first to be presented in the form of a comic book.

In his foreword to the book, Max Mosley, former President of the sport’s governing body, writes “This account of Adam's life behind the scenes of Formula One is written with little commentary, relying on the story itself to bring out insights. It is the first such account of the sport. It will fascinate those who follow Formula One closely but it will perhaps be equally interesting to those who study human behavior and business.”

The author, Adam Parr, came from outside the sport to run one of Formula One’s longest-standing and most loved teams: Williams. Finding the team in great difficulties, both on and off the track, Parr set out a strategy for recovery and implemented it over the following five years.

These were extraordinary years. The sport expanded from 17 to 20 races, adding events in Singapore, Spain, Abu Dhabi, Korea and the United States. At the same, most of the teams changed hands as most of the major car manufacturers pulled out in response to the financial crisis. Meanwhile, Williams diversified its business, steadily improved its finances and became the first to become a public company.

The final piece of the jigsaw was to get back to the front of the grid, which happened just six weeks after Parr stood down as chairman.

Parr documents both success and failure with brutal honesty and describes the intense competition on and off the track that makes Formula One such an extraordinary sport.

What they say about the book:

"Presented in unique comic book format, the former CEO and chairman of Williams provides a completely different but extremely absorbing insight into the behind-the-scenes power plays that have shaped the sport over the last five years." Tom Cary, The Telegraph

“…a most unusual insight into the sport. I recommend it highly.” – Joe Saward, F1 writer

"…a thoroughly inspired piece of work…it captures a very interesting period in the history of Formula 1 and provides a unique insight and record of what went on, I know because I was there myself for quite a lot of it." – GL, Amazon.co.uk

"A health warning: You won't be able to put this book down!…I felt like I'd been given back-stage passes to a great gig – and believe me F1 is some gig!" – Mejstone, Amazon.co.uk

"The story…is retold with brilliant vividness…illustrates what goes on behind closed doors in Formula One in a way that normal prose simply couldn't achieve" – British American Writing, Amazon.co.uk

"a fascinating insight into behind-the-scenes F1 power play…much enjoyed" – Andrew Benson, BBC

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 39736 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Adam Parr; 2 edition (24 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AO7IL4Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

An odd book – perhaps a future collectable?

 on 19 February 2013
By PeteG
In similar vein to other reviewers, I’m not convinced this appeared ‘value for money’. The content is a bit light. However, it has been produced by someone who was ‘there’. I do suspect that the method of presentation might have something to do with the political world of F1 and how some of the other ‘players’ might have reacted (or am I reading too much into it?). In this context, I think the book provides and interesting insight into both Adam Parr and the world of F1. It might be that this takes on some more historical interest in a decade or so. You never know – it might turn into a real collectable! As usual, the ordering and delivery process was swift and simple.


 on 20 June 2018
By Philip T King
Presented differently with useful details

"The art of war: 5 years in F1": An exciting (too short) inside view of the battlefield

 on 11 February 2013
By David B
F1 is a constant war, war to survive, war to win or war to reign: This book presented as a graphic novel (which makes it very easy to read) describe the five years that Adam Parr, the then CEO and Chairman of Williams F1 spent in F1. What makes it particularly interesting is that Parr was completely new to F1 and hence had a fresh approach to this ruthless world. This also lead to his fall as it come quite clear during the book that his open confrontations with Bernie Ecclestone would end in a bad way. Its seems quite amazing that Parr did not realise that the probability of winning such a fight would be very low. But most importantly the book provides a glimpse into the secretive power games that drive this sport and reveals much about the power struggles that frustrate good governance and necessary evolution on many fronts of the sport. A very good and too short book!

The politics and personalities of Formula One exposed

 on 27 January 2013
By Richard Hollis
An inspired choice by Adam Parr to bring the complex world of F1 finance and team politics vividly to life by telling his personal story through the medium of a graphic novel. Paul Tinker, the illustrator, is also to be congratulated for his lively and characterful depiction of the famous faces of F1.

Four Stars

 on 17 April 2018
By Lux770
Very interesting insight into the cruel world of F1 politics from a disillusioned author.

Epic! A definitive insight into what happens behind F1’s closed doors.

 on 12 December 2012
By Kris Brown
Fantastic! 5 stars! Adam Parr should be credited, along with others for not only bringing Williams back from the brink but this exciting book shows Parr’s dedication to making Formula One fairer for all involved. However, Parr damningly identifies the darker side of F1 – one dictated by money and politics.

An excellent book for the serious F-1 fan

 on 18 January 2013
By Milton Bentley
Although a long-term fan of F-1, had I not recently read “Bernie” by Susan Watkins, this book would have been difficult to fully appreciate. Which is to say it covers F-1 intrigue from a tangential perspective. And it does so very evenhandedly. But unless the reader possess more than passing understanding of the Ecclestone era, catching the subtle references would be like trying to jump on a moving train, I would think With that caveat I would add, the only reason I could not give it five stars is because I am not a big fan of the comic book graphic genre. That said, I have read it twice and will likely do so again before the new season begins, which, by the way, now passes through my home town of Austin,Texas USA.
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