The online world of Formula One has grown considerably in the past couple of years, with new sites springing up all the time. Inevitably, some are better than others and I thought I would take a quick look at the sites I will be reading during the 2009 season. Some focus primarily on one element of the sport, while others take a broader view and include all aspects. Some are humorous, others are strictly serious. Some have been around for what seems like forever, while others are considered the new kids on the block.
Grandprix.com (RSS) – Grandprix.com broke a few important stories over the winter and with its no-nonsense approach, my respect for Joe Saward and his team has grown. The site is a wealth of information behind the frontpage of current events, and while some articles are blunt and to the point, the facts contained are always spot on and reliable.
It’s also worth pointing out that Joe Saward has a more personal site as well. Joe’s Grand Prix Blog (RSS) contains some more background to the thoughts of the man, his experience of following Formula One around the world and is a little more opinionated than the mainstream Grandprix.com.
La Canta Magnifico – La Canta who now? Alianora is regular commenter around the F1-blogosphere, and her knowledge of the rule book would leave even Max Mosley open-mouthed and in shock. Alia’s site really is the only way to keep up with the engine and gearbox usage during the season and is an indispensable service.
F1 Insight (RSS) – Clive Allen’s insights make for excellent reading. Not only a great writer, Clive has followed Formula One for many more years than I have, and the knowledge contained within his head is simply immense. Clive doesn’t post 24/7/365, but that just means that when a post does go up, it has been carefully nurtured and published with passion.
Sidepodcast (RSS) – I’m occasionally on their shows, doing impressions of Jeremy Clarkson (poorly) or stalling for time while I think of something knowledgeable-sounding to say. But on a slightly more serious note though, Sidepodcast have become the masters of managing a huge community of F1 followers, and the conversation held at Sidepodcast is both informal and insightful. More of a podcast than a blog (although the written posts are very good), I can listen to Sidepodcast while I’m doing other things as well. Like, hum, writing this post!
James Allen On F1 (RSS) – James Allen has shown us an interesting view of Formula One since starting a blog. Like with Joe Saward’s blog, comments are open on Allen’s site and already the author has quite a following. James’s articles take the reader into the sport, and the experience of Allen comes through. Still on the inside of the sport, James will speak when others may seem hesitant.
Sniff Petrol (RSS) – In a sport as serious as Formula One, where few people actually laugh in public, it is always refreshing to take a light-hearted view of motor racing. Sniff Petrol covers all bases. I just wish I could get my fix on a more regular basis.
vee8 (RSS) – All the best stories of the day summed up in a short link dump. If you’re busy and don’t have time to go hunting around for the day’s events via a slew of different sites, vee8 is the place for you.
The Red Bullog (RSS) – Dank’s blog is centred around the Red Bull Racing team. While I don’t often read sites that solely concern themselves with just one team or driver, the quality of writing on The Red Bullog is great. Dank also covers some stories that fail see any light on the more mainstream sites as well, making it a useful resource for everything Red Bull.
BBC Motorsport (RSS) – I’m yet to make a firm decision on the newly revamped BBC Motorsport site, but I will be reading for the first few races of the year at minimum. I never really read the site in the past, perhaps mostly due to the lackadaisical approach to the promptness of posting. Already this has improved though and undoubtedly the site (and/or iPlayer) will become useful for the live feed. Although I must add, the URL isn’t exactly memorable…
NY Times F1 (RSS) – Brad Spurgeon is a longtime Formula One fan and writes for the New York Times F1 Blog. Up until very recently, the site was hosted at IHT, and all the time I have read Brad his writing has been insightful and interesting. Brad takes time to explain things very clearly, so I would recommend NYT F1 to any new fan.
For writing articles for BlogF1, Reuters (RSS) are important as they are a no-nonsense news agency that report the facts and little else. Although there perhaps isn’t much to the site, what you do get is accurate information. I’ll also undoubtedly read more blogs than listed just to gather feeling and insight into the views of events as they happen.
So that just leaves me to ask: Who will you be reading during the 2009 season?