F1 Fanatic’s new features at-a-glance

F1 Fanatic updates

A quick guide to the new features introduced on the site today.

For more on the changes, see here:

Community enhancements

  • Follow other F1 Fanatics and keeping up with their activity on the site
  • Private messaging system allows you to send direct messages to other F1 Fanatics
  • Refer to other users using @-messages and receive notifications when someone refers to on the site
  • New community functions available by redesigned top navigation bar and always in view

New user profiles

  • Name your preferred drivers, teams and other types of motor sport, and find others F1 Fanatics with the same tastes
  • Easier profile updating
  • Upload and edit your avatar directly to the site
  • Your own activity stream shows all your activity across the site including the main blog and forums
  • Post unique updates directly into your own activity stream
  • Configure which site notifications you receive
  • Option to report spam users

Click on “My Account” at the top-left of the page when logged in to see these new features. Not got an account? Click here to register for one.


  • Dedicated groups for different areas of discussion including race visitors, other racing series and more
  • Join the groups you’re interested in to stay up-to-date with them more easily
  • Suggest new groups for other subjects you’re interested in

View and join the F1 Fanatic Groups


  • Now fully integrated within the main site including the mobile site
  • Post videos from major video-sharing sites (YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimoe and more) easily via oEmbed

View the new F1 Fanatic Forums


  • New search facility shows results by article, username, group and forum
  • Individual results pages available for article, username, group and forum
  • Search box is always in view at the top-right of the page


  • General style refresh to incorporate new elements
  • Wider article and comment columns
  • Single sidebar layout
  • Revised top navigation bars


  • New mobile site design
  • Forums and threaded commenting now supported
  • New site functionality also supported
  • Toggle between the normal and desktop views on mobile devices

Bug fixes

  • Internet Explorer 9 commenting bug fixed

As always, if you experience any problems with the site please follow these steps to report them:

Please leave any other feedback on the changes below.

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78 comments on F1 Fanatic’s new features at-a-glance

  1. Jim1601 (@jim1601) said on 5th October 2011, 21:24

    Loving the changes so far!!

  2. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 5th October 2011, 21:59

    Brilliant,The Changes adds a new Feeling to the site & i really really welcome it,

  3. Spawinte (@spawinte) said on 5th October 2011, 22:15

    It’s a pity all the major motor sport categories can’t have a site as good as this lavished upon them (hint hint).

    Seriously though you go to the likes of Autosport and see 2 week gaps between stories in the LMS and ALMS sections. What does it say about all the serious journalistic type sites that I come to F1 Fanatic before I even think of looking anywhere else.

    It occurs to me that I’ve never donated to F1F so I think it’s time I got the credit card out.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th October 2011, 22:29

      It’s a pity all the major motor sport categories can’t have a site as good as this lavished upon them (hint hint).

      Well, I will be expanding the groups area of the site to include more racing categories.

      But I couldn’t cover Le Mans or other categories in the kind of detail F1 gets at the moment. I did run a site called Maximum Motorsport for a while which had GP2, IndyCar and some other series on it. But I could never give it the time it deserved and it never got a fraction of the traffic – and, therefore, income – F1 Fanatic did.

      But at the end of the day it’s a question of resources. If the site brought enough money in to justify it and I was happy it was sustainable I would consider it.

      • dsob (@dsob) said on 5th October 2011, 22:43

        Maximum…now I remember how I found this site. I’d done a search for some Indycar thing and Google had a link to a Maximum Motorsports page. I clicked it right off, as the company I work for is named Maximum(in part). There was still a parking page that re-directed me here. Best thing a Google search has ever done for me!

        Site is da bomb ! This latest upgrade looks great, Keith. As an IT professional & website designer, I cannot compliment you highly enough for the work you have put into not only the looks of the site but the functionality as well.

        I have just one question, though — what’s the max size for the avatars? (I could figure it out, yes, but I’m lazy. LOL)

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 5th October 2011, 22:59

          funny enough, I just noticed that in the replies and the comment box below on articles comments, the avatars seem not to fit the picture boxes or are somehow badly aligned, see picture This is new in the past couple of minutes, I did not notice that before.

          • dsob (@dsob) said on 5th October 2011, 23:07

            Yes, and now my Gravatar isn’t showing. Been working fine these last 3 years. Wonder what’s up ?

          • dsob (@dsob) said on 5th October 2011, 23:12

            Well, the fix is to simply upload the image to F1Fanatic. Works great now. Perhaps the Gravatar site is mis-reading something in the code.

  4. mantolwen (@mantolwen) said on 5th October 2011, 23:15

    Missing Formula Two on the Motorsports list. Otherwise, love it! @keithcollantine

  5. sato113 (@sato113) said on 5th October 2011, 23:23

    great job keith!

  6. Mister Nillionaire (@mister-nillionaire) said on 5th October 2011, 23:44

    This is a very good change. Thanks

  7. xxiinophobia (@xxiinophobia) said on 6th October 2011, 0:06

    Test post to see if my Gravatar shows up…

    • xxiinophobia (@xxiinophobia) said on 6th October 2011, 0:25

      Okay, my avatar shows up if I upload it directly to the site, but the site doesn’t seem to interface with Gravatar anymore, even though the Change Avatar page says it does. (My avatar did not appear on the above post before I uploaded it to the site.)

      Also, would suggest a place on the profile to specify the country where a user is located.

      And no mention of the American Le Mans Series on the “Motorsports you follow” ?

  8. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 6th October 2011, 0:50

    I am loving this. This is amazing stuff. Will be playing with this over the next few days. :D

    I still want comment editing, though. ;)

  9. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 6th October 2011, 2:07

    I know this is an incredibly over-used phrase but there’s no other way to describe this and Keith’s work:

    a big fat “This is EPIC!”

  10. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 6th October 2011, 3:30

    So much to do it will take sometime to get on with it.

  11. Michel S. (@hircus) said on 6th October 2011, 4:02

    Is Gravatar support currently broken? On the page where I can submit my own avatar picture, it notes that if the associated email has a Gravatar, that will be used. Mine certainly does — it worked until yesterday — but I get the default profile picture instead.

  12. SouthPawRacer (@southpawracer) said on 6th October 2011, 4:16

    This is Brilliant! (Yes, with a capital B!)

    I’ll be looking foward to using this siter for all my F1 needs from here on in.

    Stealthman (now known as SouthPawRacer)

  13. TomMK (@tommk) said on 6th October 2011, 4:35

    Very professional looking!

  14. matt90 (@matt90) said on 6th October 2011, 4:36

    Love the profile changes in particular. If I can offer one suggestion (hate to be critical after such a comprehensive improvement) it would be that in the replies the avatars are quite small, which is a shame. Generally great though, congrats.

    • Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 6th October 2011, 7:27

      I think the different sizes for avatars based on hierarchy make for better readability.
      Not only you can spot more easily which are main comments and which are replies, but also they assure you can extend the indentation between them without making even deepest threaded replies “more tall than large”.
      I think It’s the right choice, aka the best compromise.

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 6th October 2011, 10:32

        You’re probably right, it’s just a shame that it’s harder to instantly visually spot who you’re talking to. Now that you don’t have to trawl through all the comments looking for your avatar to find your own comments though I suppose that to some extent renders the size of avatars a bit pointless.

  15. Dev (@dev) said on 6th October 2011, 6:20

    pretty good evolution, this site keeps getting better!!

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