Mark Webber won nine Formula 1 Grand Prix during his career, all of them with Red Bull Racing. This is 'Aussie Grit' at Albert Park in 2009. Photo: / Dirk Klynsmith.

A NEW book from long-time journalist John Smailes to be released in time for Christmas focuses on the history of Australians and New Zealanders in the world of Formula 1 Grand Prix racing.

Available to pre-order here now from the V8 Sleuth Online Bookshop and to be released at the beginning of November, the 304-page book looks at the 15 Aussies and nine Kiwis to have raced in the highest level of world motorsport.

From World Champions Sir Jack Brabham, Denny Hulme and Alan Jones to modern day heroes Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo, as well as all of those to come in between, the book covers them all, even those who didn’t quite make it to the start grid of a World Championship race.

With over 150 photographs and interviews with drivers past and present, as well as the engineers, managers and team owners behind the scenes, the publication is set to be a must-have for the bookshelf of any motorsport enthusiast.

This is Smailes’ latest book with publisher Allen & Unwin, following on from his titles in recent years that include ‘Allan Moffat, Climbing the Mountain’, ‘Race Across The World’, ‘Mount Panorama’ and ‘Speed Kings’.

Alan Jones at the helm of his Williams-Cosworth at Calder at the 1980 Australian Grand Prix. Jones won the Formula 1 World Championship in that season. Photo: / AUTOPIX
With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.