F1 Car Collection

The Formula One Car Collection by Panini promises detailed 1:43 scale die-cast metal models of famous cars along with a companion magazine detailing technical specs and information about the driver and their season. I have been collecting issues over the past couple of months.



Comprising of 60 issues, each issue will come with a 1:43 scale model in die-cast metal sharing all the details from the original single-seater cars. Subscribing to the set comes with a number of gifts including ‘The World’s Greatest F1 Cars DVD’, the Senna movie and 3 extra cars including: Ferrari F2001 “Twin Towers” driven by Michael Schumacher in 2001; Tyrrell P34 driven by Jody Scheckter in 1976 and the Brabham BT46 driven by Niki Lauda in 1978.

My Collection

I saw the collection advertise on the TV first and I was staggered by the price per issue. The first issue was on offer at £2.99 which I though was pretty good. From then on the price per issue would be £9.99, a bit far fetched if you ask me. Although, overall the course, I have found that £10 pounds is reasonable. Despite that I have bought 8 so far. They include:

  • Issue 9: Renault R25 Fernando Alonso (2005)
  • Issue 10: Red Bull RB9 Sebastian Vettel (2013)
  • Issue 12: McLaren MP4/23 Lewis Hamilton (2008)
  • Issue 17: Ferrari F2007 Kimi Raikkonen (2007)
  • Issue 21: Mercedes W196 Juan Manuel Fangio (1955)
  • Issue 24: McLaren MP 4/8 Ayrton Senna (1993)
  • Issue 27: Sauber C23 Felipe Massa (2004)
  • Issue 29: McLaren MP4/15 Mika Hakkinen (1999)
  • Issue 30: Brabham BT52B Nelson Piquet (1983)
Car Collection - Alonso #2

Issue 9 featured Fernando Alonso’s 2005 Renault R25. After 5 years of Michael Schumacher and Ferrari’s dominance, Alonso took 7 wins en route to his first world championship with Renault becoming world champions. Sealing the world championship at the Brazilian GP, Alonso became, at that time, the youngest driver to win the title at only 24 years, 2 months and 17 days old.

Car Collection - Vettel

Issue 10 featured Sebastian Vettel’s 2013 Red Bull RB9. Vettel took 13 out of a possible 19 race victories en route to his 4th consecutive world championship. Vettel would win the final race of the 2.4 litre V8 engines era before the regulation change in 2014 to 1.6 litre V6 Turbo engines.

Car Collection - Senna

Issue 24 featured Ayrton Senna’s 1993 McLaren MP4/8. Senna took 5 out of a possible 16 victories to 2nd place in the world championship. Senna won the European GP in spectacular fashion in the rain producing one of the best opening laps in F1. His final victory of the season and his career would be at the Australian GP before his death in 1994 at the San Marino GP.


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