Before we get on with 2014 there’s one piece of business from last year to take care of – thanking the many people who have helped F1 Fanatic to continue to grow over the last 12 months.
It was another strong year for F1 Fanatic in 2013 – more people came to the site than ever before, read more articles and left more comments. All this despite the season being somewhat less compelling than last year.
However the year was not without its challenges. A major server failure earlier in the year destroyed some data – much of which was recovered – and forced us to make a move to a new host.
This has had a positive effect in the long run as the site is now more stable and loading more quickly than ever before. All of that is thanks to Ed Marhsall, who as ever am I deeply indebted to for his technical expertise.
It’s also thanks to the growing number of people who have contributed to F1 Fanatic. The new server was a significant upgrade, it costs around twice as much to run as the old one and almost all of that increase is being paid for by F1 Fanatic’s supporters. I can’t overstate how grateful I am for this. It is no exaggeration to say that without F1 Fanatic’s paying supporters the site could not continue to run.
If you would like to help support F1 Fanatic you can do so for as little as ?é?ú1 per month and in return you will be able to browse the site ad-free. See here for more information:
Thanks of course must also go to F1 Fanatic’s many contributors.
@WillWood has produced several articles for F1 Fanatic this year including an in-depth review of Codemasters’ latest official Formula One game. He’s also bolstered F1 Fanatic’s race weekend coverage and had the pleasure of producing some of the exhaustive team radio transcripts.
As last year Dan Cross and Laney Scott were on hand to cover and supply pictures from the Force India launch and did a first-rate job so big thanks to them.
The race weekend Twitter digests have become an increasingly popular regular feature and this year were almost entirely the work of @AnthonyFrench, who kept a keen eye on the huge amount of information which appears in Tweet form during a race weekend.
Bradley Downton (@Bradley13) tabulated votes, hand-picked comments and kept us abreast of your choices for Driver of the Weekend throughout the season and surveyed the GP2 scene.
Thanks also to @Antonio-Lucas, Madi Murphy (@LadyM), Becca Cann (@BeshoreBlue), @CraigVenn76 and @AbhishekRoy who also contributed articles during the year, and to Jeremy Hancox who supplied some more of his superb illustrations.
Researchers and moderators
F1 Fanatic’s moderators continue to grow in number to the point where listing each of them by name in a single article would take rather a long time. Suffice it to say that their efforts in maintaining a good standard of debate on the site are very much appreciated.
To illustrate the scale of the task they are involved in, consider that well over half a million comments have now been posted on the site, and that for every single comment which is published another six or seven are received which are spam or are unsuitable. And that only goes for the main site – many thousands more are posted on the forum and on F1 Fanatic Live.
If you’re interested in contributing to F1 Fanatic by becoming a moderator or researcher you can find more information here:
As always I believe I’ve included everyone who should be on here but if I’ve overlooked anyone who belongs on this list please accept my apologies.