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. Fantastic news! This site is my first port of call for F1 news and it is a truely amazing site. Congrtats on your great work and being able to work at something you love!

  2. Hey Keith, congratulations and goodluck.

    Have you thought of adding a donate feature, as Im sure many including myself would add a few quid to help you out which would only help and make F1 Fanatic bigger and better!

    Anyways all the best!

    1. Yeah I thought that too. I’ve been on websites before that have a donate feature. I’d chip in a bit hehe

      1. Mark Hitchcock
        21st December 2009, 10:47

        As would I. Can’t afford to commit to a subscription or anything like that but it’d be good to be able to give a few quid every now and then.

    2. Have you thought of adding a donate feature, as Im sure many including myself would add a few quid to help you out which would only help and make F1 Fanatic bigger and better!

      Yes I have and you can make a donation here:

      This will be flagged up on the home page when the new site design is ready.

  3. themarcpearson
    21st December 2009, 9:51

    Is it bad/sad that i have F1Fanatic set as my homepage

    1. Terry Fabulous
      21st December 2009, 11:07

      No. No its not in any way.

  4. Congratulations on the brave and awesome decision. Best of luck for the future Keith!

    Its good to see someone follow their dreams.

  5. Jesus Keith you quit your job? Now that is dedication and I really admire that. Good on you :)
    This site was a genius idea, is run by a true fan and has wonderful little touches like the forums and the live chat. I know you can continue to make your site grow.
    Congratulations Keith. Certainly the most inspiring story from F1 this Christmas.

    1. you are so right.

    2. Spot on comment Steph – Keith your site is for F1 fans run by an F1 fan … that means a lot … we’re all behind you…

  6. Now you have nothing but F1 all day, you’re going to go as bat**** crazy as Bernie or Max. ;)

  7. Congrats and good luck, Keith.

    By the way, just out of curiosity, what was your profession before? (Now its obviously F1 journalism).

    1. I was (and am, for two more days at least) a journalist at Auto Trader. Here’s a recent article:

      1. interesting comparison. Your articles feel fresher on here, keep it up dude; you are doing a great job.

      2. Accordingly, the car already made a cameo in summer blockbuster Transformers 2 as the robot ‘Skids’. Happily, driving the car is a more satisfying experience than Michael Bay’s smash-a-thon.

        And it’s a better use of your money too.

        Classic Collantine…

        Like everyone else I love F1 Fanatic and wish you the best of luck for the future !

  8. Good luck I hope you manage to make the site pay and don’t regret your decision. F1 Fanatic is one the best on the web and one of the firsts sites I check every time I go on the internet.

  9. Jonesracing82
    21st December 2009, 9:57

    brilliant as this is now my Fav F1 site!

  10. Hats off to you, Keith. Quite a tough decision to make, I reckon. Keep up the good work. I’m look forward to reading more from you.

  11. Martin Stanley
    21st December 2009, 10:09

    Good luck Keith, I’ve only started reading it this past season but I think it’s a great site.

  12. good luck, we fanatic readers will be there to support you…

  13. In my opinion, you’ve already done a great job with this site as the kind of project it was run until now, so I think it’s a good decision to commit to it. I definitely wish you all the best and, of course, I’ll be following the developments.

  14. Good luck mate!


  15. Excellent, excellent news, Keith. I do hope you’ve thought this through and you have a sustainable profit model ready. Once that’s set, the rest should be at least a bit easier.

  16. You’re a brave chap Mr Collantine. I’ve been visiting your site for a good three years now, and it’s easily the best out there. Now it has your undivided attention, it can only get better. Hopefully you can find ways of making it pay. Here’s to F1 Fanatic!

  17. Fantastic! Who here wouldn’t like to jack-in the daily grind to do something they enjoy?

    Hope everything goes as planned and good luck for the future Keith!

  18. This is great Keith. I’ve been following your site for so long but not that participated by commenting. Said that, I’ve been reading your articles.

    And one thing that caught my attention: How do you plan to make money out of it? I can’t see any AdSense or something. If there is anything we can contribute such as click-ad-once-a-day-keep-the-doctor-away, let us do it : )

  19. Great news Keith. Will the blog bring you enough money?

  20. My best of luck for you.

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