By Bunmi Ade | Despite the new era of fake news, luckily motorsport telemetry rarely lies and Formula 1 enthusiasts have a plethora of outlets to satiate their thirst for regular updates on racers, teams, sporting and technical regulations.
Below are my personal top picks of English-language motorsport websites. The scores are loosely based on the quality of reporting, frequency of news exclusives, visibility, accessibility and compatibility with mobile devices.
Autosport/Motorsport.com/F1 Racing Mag
Well known motorsport journalists write for these publications which are all now under the Motorsport Network umbrella. Most of them offer a limited number of articles for free per month and remaining content is behind a paywall.
Motorsport Magazine (not to be confused with Motorsport.com)
Quality motorsport news from top journalists and regular podcasts with experts in the industry. The publication seems to struggle for online presence but it is definitely worth telling your friends about.
Even though the BBC relinquished the rights to broadcast the Formula 1 races, the website is still updated regularly with news and live tweets. Some readers might perceive a British driver bias but that should not be surprising for the “British Broadcasting Service”. The BBC also publishes a regular Chequered Flag Podcast after each race.
Official website for the championship, contains Live Timing data, high-definition video clips and now fans can expect more content and interaction as Formula 1’s new owners embrace fans and get more inclusive.
For an independent take on the business and marketing side of Formula 1, SportProMedia’s BlackBook also does a fine job of reporting new sponsorship deals and comments on the rationale of these deals.
Website: www.sportspromedia.com and www.blackbookmotorsportforum.com
For the funny side of motorsport, have a giggle on SniffPetrol and WTF1.co.uk
Website: www.sniffpetrol.com and www.WTF1.co.uk
Score: ★★★★★, just because being funny is hard