F1 Fanatic is four!

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F1 Fanatic first appeared on March 5th, 2005 and today it is four years old!

In the past I have marked the site’s birthdays by wheeling out new site designs but I’m sticking with the same basic layout for the foreseeable future, though with some minor updates in the pipeline for the coming weeks.

As many of you know I have been preoccupied with fixing a persistent server problem which, though improved, is still not entirely fixed. Thanks to everyone who’s been helping me with this.

I am very happy with how much the site continues to grow, recently passing the 2,000 RSS subscribers mark. I never imagined when I begun writing it that I would end up receiving hundreds of comments a day! I hope you all have as much fun contributing to the site as I do.

This will be the fourth F1 season covered by F1 Fanatic and it promises to be highly unpredictable and exciting. We’ll be live blogging every session once again – it was tons of fun last year, and I can hardly wait for that first practice session at Melbourne.

Until then, thanks to all of you who have and continue to read my writing, challenge my ideas, correct my mistakes, and make F1 even more fun to follow!

Check out The Best of F1 Fanatic to read some of the highlights from the last four years.

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Keith Collantine
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48 comments on “F1 Fanatic is four!”

  1. Happy Birthday, keep up the great work

  2. Happy Birthday F1Fanatic – here’s to more to come! :D

  3. so, are you celebrating tonight Keith? :-)

    I won’t even wish you anything – with all this work and dedication, it’s dead certain we’ll be seeing you on TV doing grid walks (or at worst, reading you on BBC Sport)

    good night from Greece

    1. Thanks Nikos! It would be great to go pro and it’s certainly something I’ve got my mind on.

  4. Many Happy Returns, F1 Fanatic!

  5. Four years? Already?

    That’s unbelievable – and fantastic!

    1. I know, I was convinced it was three until I counted!

  6. Paul Sainsbury
    5th March 2009, 23:22

    Congartulations on the first 4 years. My favourite website by far.

  7. Happy Birthday F1F, great site!

  8. Many happy returns…

  9. happy bd keep up with the good work keith

  10. Many happy returns Keith

  11. Happy Birthday Keith!

    Your website now shares it’s birthday with F1’s newest team! Maybe you could sponsor them?

  12. I love your Web site, Keith. Kudos for your great job.

  13. happy birthday!

  14. Happy birthday keith,

    Here’s to many more years of f1 fanatasism.

    And as for updates to the site and stuff remember…….


    You’re site is the best and don’t f**k it up like itv/f1 did with theirs. I mean having to click on links twice to open a news thread.

    Good luck with the future of the site and everything in your life as a whole.

  15. congrats :)

  16. It’s like your child growing up.
    Happy birthday.
    This is a must read site.
    I just couldn’t follow F1 with out it.
    Thanks Keith.

  17. Congrats, Keith!

    Thanks for creating a place for us to hang out and talk about our favourite topic, not to mention the great articles and news.

  18. Happy birthday to F1 Fanatic- best wishes on many more outstanding years of covering F1 :)

  19. Terry Fabulous
    6th March 2009, 5:07

    Good on ya Mate.

    Your site is now my destination of choice for

    A) F1 Comment
    B) F1 news as it breaks
    C) F1 community (the live blogs during the race are outstanding)

    D) F1 references to Team America. ‘Just remember the international signal for distress’

  20. well.. congratulations keith!! its only four now.. but i hope to see it make 40 some day which im sure it will :)

  21. Viktor Nedelchev
    6th March 2009, 5:38

    Happy Birthday Keith and the rest of the team!!! Wish you all the best in the future! Keep up the good work on this wonderful website. Thank you for providing us with what we crave for!

  22. I honestly don’t know what I’d do if your blog wasn’t there Keith. All the best for you and your team!

  23. All the best, Keith. On to 8, and then 12, and then… well, you get it.

  24. happy birthday again Keith,

    I do have a question for you too.

    in the first 4 years of your site being up and running which subjects have had most of the people in agreement and those which have split peoples opinions down the middle.

    I mean most people agreed that Martin Brundle should do the commentary on bbc. And most people agreed on the chain as the intro. Most people was against James Allen too. Also very recently most people agreed that a shorter race was wrong wrong wrong.

    I can’t give you an example of a split in peoples opinions, maybe most people who know what they are talking about will be in agreement.

    I’d be very grateful to know if you have those kind of statistics to hand. I am quite curious as to what subjects fall into each category.

    yours chris

  25. hamilton wc 09
    6th March 2009, 8:30

    well done keith, site keeps getting better & better ive been on nearly every day since start of the 07 season like nikos said i have no doubt that someone will pick you up to do f1 reporting full time. my favourate thing about the site is that its all about waht everything means for the fans, you dont get that on any other website

  26. Happy Birthday!


  27. Congratulations!!

    Excellent work, go ahead!

  28. Congratulations, Keith!

    Here’s to another four years – its reassuring having somewhere to go that reminds me there are other people in the world just as obsessed with this sport as me. :)

  29. Congrats Keith! Have’nt posted here for a while but by far the best site!

  30. Great site Keith! Congratulations !!!!
    I visit this site every single day!
    and Wow this site’s birthday coincides with Brawn GP’s birthday! :D

  31. Scott Joslin
    6th March 2009, 10:58

    Happy Birthday F1 Fanatic’s! Great to be part of the community! Here is to a great 2009!

    Bring it on….

  32. Happy birthday, it’s a great site hope it keeps going from strength to strength.

  33. Happy Birthday!

    You’re doing a great job with the blog – by fat the best and most interesting F1 blog out there!

  34. Happy Birthday……………………..

  35. Happy birthday Keith.

    This sure is one of the best F1 sites (if not The best). You really show amazing dedication. Truly F1 Fanatic!

  36. StrFerrari4Ever
    6th March 2009, 16:28

    Happy Birthday F1Fanatic brilliant site has everything an f1 fan would want here’s to more glorious years :D

  37. Happy Birthday F1Fanatic! Can’t wait for the championship to begin!

    With the kind of numbers your site is pulling in off-season Keith, I think you’ll be in for a big surprise during the season :D

    Good luck!

  38. Excellent site Keith, long may it continue. It’s the most critically aware F1 site I’ve ever found.

  39. Best F1 website ever. Thank you, Keith.

  40. Hey – isn’t this going to be the FIFTH F1 season you’re covering? Just a thought. :D

    Congrats and well done, Keith! Keep on rolling! :)

  41. Congrats Keith, great work!!! Nice to have somewhere to catch up where the Knowledge base is that much better! Best of luck going full-time and heres to anther 4!

  42. Apparantly I missed the celebration!


    Happy birthday. I not only read you but admire. Thank you for your hard and decent work. Thumbsup.

  43. A belated happy Birthday F1 Fanatic’s, I was away for a few days, but as we approach the 29th March I shall be tuning in most days to your site, like I’ve done for the last 3 1/2 years. Well done.

  44. Congrats Keith,keep up the great work!!! u r the next murray walker!!!

  45. Keith 4 the bbc next year! well done Keith! and careful with your server, you might just get a burst of people at the start of the season!

  46. Well done Keith, my favourite website by a long way. Looking forward to another season on F1F.

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