The future of F1 Fanatic

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

I started F1 Fanatic at the beginning of 2005 as a hobby. At the time I never thought that within a few years it would grow into a site visited by around 200,000 people per month.

But in the past few months I have felt increasingly frustrated that I don’t have enough time to do everything I want to with F1 Fanatic: developing the site, writing articles for it, proof-reading, responding to your comments, and everything else.

I decided it was time to either commit to the site fully or give up on it. So three weeks ago I gave notice that I would be leaving my job at the end of the year to work on F1 Fanatic full-time.

As you can imagine I’m very excited to take on the challenge of turning something which has given me an enormous amount of pleasure into a paying job. But I’m under no illusions that this is a difficult profession in which to earn money.

I’m very grateful to all of you who visit the site and have contributed to it. I hope you will get even more out of it in the future as I am able to dedicate more time to it.

There will inevitably be changes to the site in the near future, many of which I’ve mentioned here before. They are partly intended to take advantage of the extra time I will have to work on the site. More on that here: Update on improvements to F1 Fanatic

In 2010 I hope to develop F1 Fanatic further as an essential destination for F1 fans with better news coverage, more original content, a quicker and more reliable site, and – most of all – many more opportunities for all of you to get involved.

Here’s to the future!

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  1. Hi Keith Congratulations and count on my support you are doing a great job and am with you 100%.

    Many regards from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.


    1. Same thing here Keith, good luck, and count on our support.
      From Bremen, Germany

  2. Well I think congratulations are in order Keith. This site has been my first stop for my F1 fix for a couple of years now, and I’ve always been amazed by your commitment, talent, knowledge and passion.

    I wish you great success with the site, and as a visitor I’m thrilled you’ll have even more time to make it better!


    1. here here! I’m a total fan of your site. You constantly amaze me with your articles and site.

      This is the best F1 site I’ve found on the web. I’m totally thrilled for you! You deserve everything you get from it.

      I predict in some years, this site will be an institution! With staff members etc.. you’ll see ! ;)

      1. I predict in some years, this site will be an institution! With staff members etc.. you’ll see

        If it is, I hvae dibs on being your Aussie coraspondent. haha.

        Seriously though, this is great news, keep up the good work Keith.

  3. Well Congrats Keith, this site is great i log on every day to get my F1 intake, i can only look forward to next year with your full time and devotion on it!!

  4. Found a typo:
    “There will inevitably be changes to the site in the near future, many of which I’ve mentioend here before.”

    1. Fixed, ta :-)

      1. Hi Keith,

        Great to hear that you’ll be totally involved with F1 Fanatic henceforth :) .

        For me, it was a chance ‘encounter’ with F1 Fanatic one day while Googling and I have never looked back since then. Everything has been good and improving, as you put it.

        So here is wishing you the very best and looking forwards to more and more F1 from you. Hoping that this turns out to be the “one stop ‘pit-stop'”(not literally 1 though :D ) for all F1 fans :) .


        1. ditto.

          That is actually exactly how I found this site too.

          Cheers to the future! and thanks for your commitment.

  5. Fair play Keith you have made a lot of fans very happy. Its great that you can now spend your days doing something you love. Looking forward to see what you have planned in 2010. Good luck.

  6. Keep pushing man. You deserve it. I will keep following you on Twitter and RT you!

  7. Good luck.
    And thanks, this is my favourite formula 1 site.

  8. HounslowBusGarage
    21st December 2009, 9:23

    Brave decision, Keith. But I know you can count on the support of all your regular readers/visitors/commenters/arguers!

  9. Congratulations Keith and good luck! This is great news for all F1Fanatic’s fanatics!

  10. Thanks for the great site Keith, keep up the good work!

  11. So the best F1 site is now going to get even better! Hope it works out for you Keith, there are loads of religious visitors, myself included to keep you going!

  12. Well done Keith, keep up the good work. The no1 F1 blog.

  13. wow, that takes some guts..and some passion for F1..congratulations and, well, good luck

  14. Very brave of you Keith, I’m sure all here will do our utmost to reward that bravery and make this place as rewarding financially for you as it is a reward in other areas for all of us.

    Forza F1Fanatic!

  15. Congratulations Keith and good luck!
    F1fanatic has been part of my daily startup routine for a year or two now and this can only improve it.

  16. Best of luck Keith and thanks for such a magnificent site!

  17. I’ve just disabled AdBlock on F1Fanatic, you deserve any money from ad impressions you get for running this fantastic site.

    1. Same here. Only site I have given that honour, lol. :)

  18. Well Keith, put it this way – when I started reading this I thought you were going to announce giving up on the sit and was instanly downhearted! Good job I read on and saw the opposite was true!

    Best of luck with it – a courageous move! You’ll have my support all the way.

    Incidentally, should you go for an type business model and have a few articles available only to paid subscribers – I would be interested in that. Just FYI…

    1. Autosport and ESPN F1 really annoy me how they require payment for their articles, that’s why I visit here :)

      1. but you should use their next and previous story buttons to make it easier to move between yur posts!

        1. but you should use their next and previous story buttons to make it easier to move between yur posts!

          Do you mean me? We do have those…

  19. Congratulations Keith and Good Luck!!!

    Looking forward to the future!!!

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