Roger Smith is a leading authority on Formula 1 who has suffered from a chronic case of ‘F1 fever’ since he was still wearing short trousers in 1957. Unfortunately it’s incurable. The touchstone for his lifelong passion for Grand Prix motor racing was the heroic first Vanwall triumph by Moss/Brooks at Aintree in 1957 (Race 61). Helplessly stricken he began to attend every Formula 1 race possible in the 1960s. Since then he’s been soaking up the sport and its history like an oily rag, and has now visited every Grand Prix circuit on five continents. His first book was Analysing Formula 1. This led to regular appearances on BBC radio as presenter and resident expert. More recently he has also published the authoritative Formula 1: All the Races. He has spent his professional life working with and making use of statistics, latterly as Managing Director, Europe, of Nielsen Television Ratings, the leading worldwide source of ‘currency’ viewing figures for broadcasters and advertisers.