Red Bull, Sauber and Toro Rosso car launches today

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Red Bull RB7, 2011

Red Bull RB7, 2011

Three more F1 cars will be launched today by Red Bull, Sauber and Toro Rosso.

Sauber are up first and will reveal the C31 at 10am. World champions Red Bull will show off the RB8 at 1pm and their young driver team Toro Rosso will follow at 4:30pm (all times UK time).

Links

Alonso glad Ferrari went radical (Autosport)

“I like the innovative ideas that the car has. I think all Ferraris are beautiful cars. I don’t remember any Ferrari that is ugly or any Ferrari that you don’t like. The red colour and the passion of each car that Ferrari does make the car beautiful anyway.”

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Comment of the day

Steph on the new Lotus E20.

Lotus was prettier last year only it was a Renault as the Lotus last year was ugly but not as bad as the Lotus this year which is Caterham wait, I?ve confused myself-what car is this?
Steph

Site updates

A change of priorities at F1 Fanatic

For the past two years F1 Fanatic has been my sole line of work. It’s been terrifically rewarding to see how much the site has grown and I am very grateful to everyone who has contributed to it in that time.

However declining revenues from the site mean this year I will have to take on other projects and income streams. Naturally, this is going to require some changes in how the site is run and how much time I am able to put into it.

This does not mean the site is going to be closed or parts of it are going to be taken down. But it will means a change in priorities.

I intend to focus more on publishing original content and continuing to develop and expand the wonderful community of motor racing fans we have on the site. However the day-to-day news agenda will account for less of the new material on the site, and nor will I be able to spend money and time covering events in person, at least not those outside the UK.

Polls, quizzes, the daily round-up, statistics, comment of the day, the Predictions Championship, opinions pieces, picture galleries, reviews, caption competitions, race weekend analysis – all these and more F1 Fanatic favourites will continue to appear here.

And of course the site will continue to grow and be developed – indeed, the next version of the site’s layout already in development, which contains some useful new features. I intend to deploy it before the start of the new season, and I hope we can all enjoy it and another exciting season of Formula 1 together.

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On this day in F1

The F1 world was stunned one year ago today by the news Robert Kubica had been seriously injured following a crash in a rally in Italy. It remains to be seen if and when he will be able to return to the sport:

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60 comments on Red Bull, Sauber and Toro Rosso car launches today

  1. bearforce1 said on 6th February 2012, 5:47

    Really sorry to hear about the site. This is by far my favourite site and I ride sports bikes. Maybe throw up a paypal donate button, you never know.

  2. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 6th February 2012, 6:48

    Sorry to hear that the site alone isn’t keeping you going these days Keith. Regardless of how much time you’re able to put into it, I’m certain it will remain the best F1 fan site on the web. Your tireless efforts don’t go unnoticed.

  3. Girts (@girts) said on 6th February 2012, 7:14

    Sad to hear about the necessity of changing the way the site is run due to financial issues. For sure, concentrating on the original stuff is the best option as it’s the most important part of the site.

    I will continue supporting the site financially as much as I can. I believe that it will only get harder to get independent and competent F1 analysis for free, that’s the reality.

    To cheer everyone up, here’s a small funny conversation between Heikki Kovalainen, Mike Gascoyne and some fan on Twitter:

    H_Kovalainen Has anyone else had troubles with Suunto heartrate monitors? I got my 3rd one in a year and same problem, shows heart logo but no number…

    MikeGascoyne @H_Kovalainen I think it means you are dead….. Joking

    agakadabra @H_Kovalainen why would you need heartrate monitor, Heikki?

    H_Kovalainen “@agakadabra: @H_Kovalainen why would you need heartrate monitor, Heikki?” To monitor my heart rate

  4. sam pooley said on 6th February 2012, 7:49

    i hope that the 3 new cars that are launched today are not as ugly as the ferrari, please god!

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th February 2012, 8:18

    Thanks for all your kinds words so far everyone.

    We have had a donation scheme on the site for some time and that has made a very worthwhile contribution to the site.

    In terms of its prominence on the site, the ‘contribute’ menu option previously said ‘donate’ and changing the labelling has made little difference to the amount of traffic going through onto that page. Indeed, the new ‘contribute’ structure has encouraged several people to support the site in other ways and that has already proved valuable for these two articles published recently.

    F1 General Admission ticket prices rise nearly 10% in two years
    Find the 2012 F1 drivers and teams on Twitter and Facebook

    There is also a button promoting the ‘donate’ option which is visible on virtually every page, so I think at present there is plenty of opportunity for people to notice it.

    • djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 6th February 2012, 9:16

      I have actually only just noticed the green donate button at the right hand side there now you mentioned it Keith. Being completely constructive here I have never noticed that button before and I read this site several times a day!

      Maybe it is because it is next to an advert or several similar looking buttons, I feel it really needs to stand out and be bigger and a colour that brings it out of the page and it needs to explain why the donations are needed?

      Just my two penneth on the issue. I’d hate for you to have to scale back your involvement with this site which you clearly love and have ounces of passion for!

  6. Are (any of) the launches on live stream today? There’s not a word about it on Sauber’s site.

  7. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 6th February 2012, 9:10

    I agree with the earlier comment about making the donate button more prominent and making your readers more aware that the site is supported by their donations. Maybe it should feature somewhere in the banner at the top.

    Your work here is great Keith!

  8. WillP said on 6th February 2012, 9:23

    Obviously disappointed to hear this site will be scaling back. I always wondered how anyone could keep this site running to the level it is without the weight of a large organisation behind it?

    Whatever Red Bull arrive with as their nose design today will convince me as to what the right path is… Ferrari ugly stepped nonsense or McLaren smoothness.

  9. Hare (@hare) said on 6th February 2012, 9:45

    Hey Keith, sad to hear you’re losing revenue from the site. Though, tbh, what are you doing to actually make revenue? If you’re depending on ad click thru’s, well people don’t like doing that on a site, the mobile site I assume dosn’t show ads? How are you appealing to the mobile market? You could consider an iPhone/Android app, with in app purchases, what about pushing other peripheral goods? F1F merchandise? I think with a good chat to someone in the field, you could find a few short hops to venture adding some revenue streams.

    All in all, I wish you the best.

  10. kenneth Ntulume said on 6th February 2012, 10:01

    Red Bull look, guess work!!!!
    Nose or NO nose….
    me thinks prominent nose
    What do u think?

  11. fyujj said on 6th February 2012, 10:55

    Keith, what about Williams saying they will launch it today too?
    First this: http://twitter.com/#!/WilliamsF1Team/status/165081452545978368
    Then this: http://twitter.com/#!/WilliamsF1Team/status/165081799788208129

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th February 2012, 11:08

      Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

      Williams previously said the launch would be on the 7th – I’ve just double-checked the email from them.

      I’ve sent them an email to check but I’d be surprised if they have suddenly brought the launch forward 24 hours and made no formal announcement other than a direct reply to someone on Twitter. It seems more likely whoever was manning the Twitter account got it right the first time.

      The launch time is supposed to be 8:30am local, which if it were today has already been and gone and there’s no sign of the car.

  12. eastyuk (@eastyuk) said on 6th February 2012, 11:29

    i have a sneaky suspicion that Red Bull will go the same route as Ferrari. Those exhausts on the Ferrari look suspiciously like they are pointing at the floor!

  13. Predictably, the redbullracing site is not responding as of 2:05 CET.

  14. sozavele (@formula-1) said on 6th February 2012, 19:17

    If you go to the new Lotus website and then to Kimi Raikonnen and then finally photos you will be in for a shock, I was scrolling through the photos and there were some which actually showed him smiling!! The Iceman smiling, never thought I would see the day, my shock of the day for definite.

  15. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th February 2012, 9:25

    I’m starting to share F1 Fanatic articles more and I will continue to do so, hopefully resulting in an upturn in revenue for you Keith. Proud to be a part of this.

    Give it a rest, Alonso, leave the car-love to LdM!

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