F1 Rejects is back! Sort of

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I was saddened to learn from Doctorvee via Twitter a few weeks ago about the disappearance of F1 Rejects.

F1 Rejects – which provides biographies and histories of F1’s least successful drivers and teams – is one of my favourite Formula 1 sites.

Happily it had now been partially restored after an apparent hacking attempt. A message on the front page reads:

I’m afraid some Indian hacker (or someone masquerading as such) broke into our website a little while ago and deleted it.

Fair enough. Maybe it was an angry Force India fan.

We are putting things back online now.

I hope you all join me in welcoming them back and wishing them well. I look forward to seeing the site fully up and running again soon.

In the meantime if you fancy a read about some of the more hopeless F1 entrants, here’s biographies on Taki Inoue, Philippe Adams and Piercarlo Ghinzani, or listen to Sidepodcast’s series on Forgotten F1 Teams.

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9 comments on “F1 Rejects is back! Sort of”

  1. I’ve been visiting F1Rejects for many years, as it’s fascinating to hear the stories behind the drivers/teams who gets about 20 seconds are coverage per Grand Prix (usually when they are being lapped).

    Maybe the Wayback Machine can help. It backs up lotsa sites on the internet, including:

  2. Fair enough. Maybe it was an angry Force India fan.

    As ever, typical F1 Rejects humour. :D I will always love them for that, and I’m pleased they’re almost back to normal.

    A lesson to be learned though; always back-up, always back-up again, and ensure your sites are as solid and secure as they can be.

  3. I like F1 Rejects.

    Say what you like about the teams and drivers, there was a terrific story behind nearly every one of them, a wierd sort of wheeler-dealer Only Fools & Horses style entrepeneurship, teams surviving race to race by avoiding the creditors, doing daft things to keep going. It doesn’t fit with the modern view of F1, but that personality is missing from the sport these days.

    Why someone would be lame enough to hack the site, god knows – hopefully it can be restored to its former glory.

  4. Brilliant that its coming back. As a massive fan of the website, I have certainly missed the up to date race reports and profiles of the very worst of F1, looking at each from a very humourous and forthright angle. Long may F1 Rejects continue!

  5. A Grand Prix is never over until the F1R podcast comes out! Sometimes I think that Enoch and Jamie are the only sane podcasters out there, no offense Christine, Steve, Maurice, Pat, et al.

    Keep your chins up and we are all waiting for the next podcast!


  6. Alianora La Canta
    11th October 2008, 16:00

    I might be a Force India fan, but I like F1 Rejects too much to direct any anger I might have at them, and besides, hacking and deleting websites is disgusting behaviour. Whoever did this is a public menace. It’s times like this when a globally-accepted basic internet law (based on respect for each other’s right to use and provide content for it) and a specially-trained police force to enforce it looks desirable.

    Hope Jamie and Enoch get the rest of the site back up soon. I’ve already sent them an e-mail to that effect.

  7. Still no Singapore podcast… so their next podcast would probably be named the “Singapanese GP edition”, or even better, the “Alonso GP edition”. :)

  8. Alianora La Canta
    12th October 2008, 8:42

    I like the sound of both of those, Journeyer. And they need to hurry up, else they’ll have to incorporate China into the title as well. “Singpaninese GP edition”, anyone?

  9. The day after my reply, F1Rejects went down… again. And this time, the server can’t even be reached.

    Let’s hope it manages to make a return. If it can’t, it would be a true loss for the F1 blogosphere. It’s a site any fan of F1 would be callous not to love, regardless of who you support.

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