Formula One fanatics will have the opportunity to preorder copies of the magnificent F1 Opus in July when Opus visits Silverstone for the eagerly-anticipated British Grand Prix.

Edited by acclaimed Sunday Times Formula One correspondent Jane Nottage, the Opus charts the history of motorsport’s most iconic discipline and will offer the definitive story of the greats of Grand Prix from the 1950s to the present day.

‘The history of Grand Prix is awash with legendary names and infamous incidents and the Opus will capture it all,’ said Nottage. ‘Visually it is a truly stunning work with Polaroids of all the living Formula One champions and we have contributions from the very best writers in the world.’

Guardian F1 correspondent Alan Henry, Autosport columnist Nigel Roebuck and BBC Radio Five Live commentator Maurice Hamilton are just three of the prestigious experts to have written features for the Opus.

Opus is also producing an exclusive Champions Edition which will feature the signatures of every living world champion from Sir Jack Braham to current king of the track Fernando Alonso.

Only 100 copies of the Champions Edition will be printed and opus has already taken a preorder for 15 of the collector’s items from a UK-based hedge fund.

Formula One legend Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion, has also agreed to be official Opus ambassador for the rest of the Grand Prix season and will be on hand at Silverstone on 12 July when Opus Media Group PLC begins to take orders. Copies of the Opus will be available for delivery in time for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai at the start of October.