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Way back in 2005, I started Formula1blog.com. I was motivated to do so because I grew weary of trolls and veteran fans lording over new fans. Even though I’ve been watching and supporting the series most of my life, I never found it appealing to troll someone who hadn’t. Surely there could be a safe harbor for new and veteran fans to learn and share with each other?

As time went on, we grew and I would be disingenuous if I did not say there was a part of me, back in those nascent days of blogs, that wasn’t keen to see if perhaps we might find a way to get monetized and I could work on F1B full time. A fool’s notion but at that time it seemed anything might be possible. That never happened because I am horrible at shameless self-promotion and I have a day job that keeps me busy.

I’ve spent thousands and thousands of hours on F1B promoting the sport, covering it during the off-season and interviewing some of the sport’s biggest names. As an American, that sometimes felt like the sound of one hand clapping but we are out here, we are F1 fans and we are as invested as any around the world even though we have limited access to it. I wanted to help bring more access and more Americans to F1.

We learned long ago that you can’t bring F1 to America, you have to bring America to F1. We’ve worked tirelessly to do that through our website and podcasts over 13 years.

Over 600 episodes, 3.5 million downloads and millions of pageviews, we feel honored to have the community and following that we do. We’ve reached all corners of the earth and still enjoy a majority of our traffic from North America.

2014

Back in 2014, the inevitable letter arrived from Formula One Management’s attorney in the form of a “cease and desist” letter. They were kind but firm and I understood their claim that the “F1” in our logo was a concern. You have to defend a trademark or lose claim to it. I appreciate that. I’m not a domain squatter.

I have to give all credit where it is due and to those ends, I will tell you that Formula Money’s Christian Sylt was a huge part of our doing a deal to remain Formula1blog.com. His connection to Mr. Ecclestone was critical and unlike many who were in a position to help, Chris actually offered to help and I won’t forget that. Chris has been nothing but a good friend to the site and to me personally. Lots has been said, but we wouldn’t be F1B without Chris’s efforts.

A few emails later and Mr. Ecclestone handled the situation impeccably. Mr. E was going through a German trial at the time and yet he found time to work out a simple solution that cost neither party any money and allowed us to continue with the domain and doing the work he knew was beneficial for his sport. We’ve worked wonderfully these past three years. He honored everything he said he would and he was a pleasure to work with as were his attorneys at the time.

2017

I knew that Liberty Media were going to have a completely different view of our relationship given their comments about the way things were ran before their purchase of F1. Perhaps I was being too optimistic in thinking that because they were an American company and we were Americans doing our best to promote F1 in America, they may wish to discuss ways in which we could help them create more meaningful content and help drive their initiatives.

I thought they may like to tap in to our large community to gain traction with our audience. We had worked with NBC and Fox (SPEED) before and the fans seemed to appreciate our efforts of unpacking how F1 is brought to the US. We have worked with Shell and Ferrari and brought more insight and interesting content to the US fans than what was previously being done.

The letter came from Formula One’s litigation specialist and it was pleasant but cool. It merely said they are terminating our relationship and attached a document outlining the process of termination. It’s sad but it is a reality.

Response

I have responded to their attorney introducing ourselves and offered to work closer together in the best interest of the sport. I’ve explained how we might do that and why it may make sense because “free” is always good.

I have no idea what their rationale for terminating the deal is but I am also realistic in knowing that they may be simply looking to sever any legacy deals attached to F1 and I understand that. I really do. If I bought F1, I wouldn’t want a bunch of orbital deals attached to my series like a parasite. I understand that, seriously I do.

What I am less clear about is why, perhaps, they weren’t keen to terminate this deal and have a discussion about what a new deal might look like. A deal on mutual terms, not Mr. E’s terms, and how we may be able to work with them to promote the sport. As an American company, surely and American website promoting their sport with thousands of listeners and readers would appeal? It seems not but at the time of writing this, I have not had a response to my response.

What Next?

In the end, I can’t set a course for Liberty Media. I have no idea what they want to do long term but we have to move on. It is with a heavy heart that I tell you we won’t be working with Formula One in our current relationship and it would seem Liberty Media wants no relationship at all with an American F1 podcast and website that has done so much for the sport they just purchased. It seems narrow-sighted but admittedly I am very biased on the matter and who knows? Perhaps they will respond positively. Hope for the best, plan for the worst, right? Oh well, onward and upward.

New Site, New Name, and a lot of work to do…Do I have the time and passion?

Imagine moving 13 years of content with unique URL’s for each post, picture and podcast and RSS feeds having to be moved and somehow changed with a new domain URL. Imagine all of our social media accounts, followers, podcast reviews on iTunes, Facebook page “likes”, Google analytics, Podcast analytics, YouTube analytics and comments, Google SEO and site rankings and more that I am not even thinking about yet. Imagine all of that having to be moved to a new domain and somehow try to retain all of our analytics and traffic.

You are starting to get the idea of how much work I have ahead of me over the holiday break. I will spend more time over these next two weeks on F1 than any of the folks at F1 management will, that’s for sure.

We already own a few domains: theparcferme.com, rollingspeed.com, grandprixreview.com, motorsportgrid.com. If we move, it will most likely be one of those that becomes home to F1B.

Introspection

This recent move by F1 has given us reason for pause. We contemplated just stopping. No more podcasts, no more website, no more opinion, no more tweets, no more Patreon support, no more nothing. I took a weekend to think about it. To really consider all the things I have going on in my life, how much of it I have missed doing podcasts alone. It’s well over 2,000+ hours of podcasting. What life might be like with all of that time open and available.

Those of you out there that do podcasts, websites and social media with the frequency, amount and long-form format that we do, will know very well what I am speaking about—how much of your life it takes. How much a hobby can demand from you. Is any of it worth the sacrifice to my family and friends as well as to my own sanity?

Re-load

After considering it, I am happy to tell you that we are re-loading our quiver and we are going to forge ahead. I am willing to take on all of the tasks to get this goliath moved over to a new domain. It will put us back at square one on analytics, search engine ranking, SEO, podcast metrics, reviews, comments and much, much more. After building this brand and gaining our footprint over 13 years, we will be back to square one and completely adrift.

It is a steep price to pay as every other F1 website, podcast and social media platform will be much easier to find, search for and more present than we are and perhaps that’s what I deserve for not making our site more successful. It is all my fault, not Paul, Grace, Dave, Tom or anyone who contributes to F1B. It is my fault for not promoting us better, dedicating the time it takes to be successful and all I can say is, I am sorry about that but I have a wife, two daughters and a day job and I did the best I could with the time I had.

I am, however, willing to do it all over again and in some part because I love the sport but the single biggest reason I am willing to do this is—YOU! We have built such a terrific community that to stop would be to seriously let down thousands and thousands of people. I feel bad enough about letting Paul, Grace, Dave, Tom, Tony, JP, Professor Doug and Andy down as well as Atticus and Huxley but I would be mortified if I let our F1B community down. I would feel terrible if I let YOU down.

I’m not interested in the people who dislike us or the people who feel we don’t measure up to other podcasts or we don’t tick their boxes. That’s perfectly fine, to each their own. I’m talking to you…yes, you! Not a group or herd or large biomass. I really mean you individually. I get your emails, your tweets, your comments. I get them all and I know that in some small way, what we do adds, even in the slightest of ways, to your enjoyment of the sport.

I know I speak for all of us here at F1B when I say thank you for making us what we’ve become and we would be grateful and honored if you would stick with us during the transition and even help us spread the word. We need your help in a very big way, my friends.

New focus

Barring a positive response from F1, we are marching forward and we will have a new domain, look and name. Let’s hope ESPN doesn’t mind me also borrowing their logo look for the new site…I’m kidding!

Which domain from the one’s listed above do you like the most. We think we know which one we are going with but here is where we turn the corner.

IMPORTANT: The only reason I am willing to do this all over again is you. And that, my friends, will become the complete focus of F1B Redux. You! We are going to slow down a bit on our packaging and attempt to monetize the site. With support from you via our Patreon account, we’re not really fretting about getting sponsors anymore. You are supporting us so as long as that continues, we will too. We are going to be completely symbiotic with our community. You support us, we create content. We create content, you support us.

We are going to engage our community in a much more aggressive and meaningful way. We are only here because of you so you are the focus of our content. We want to know your thoughts, opinions and ideas. We want your voice heard within our community. This will require all of us to hold each other to the Single Rule: Decorum & Civility.

We are taking a step back to the beginning. Back in 2005. I had a choice, make a website and try to sell it or build a community and then see if there may be interested folks. I chose the latter strategy, build it and they will come. Who knew that “They” would end up being a cease and desist letter from lawyers? However, we are still working the latter model and it doesn’t matter if “they” come because YOU are here!

I believe we have built such a terrific community together that nothing else matters—seems like that’s a Metallica song for some reason.

Having a Beer

In the end, we said way back in 2006 that what our podcast embodies is the concept of two friends having a beer and talking about the sport they love. We think that’s one of our most appealing qualities.

As such, a true friend would ask you what name you like? What logo do you like? What content do you like? What do you think about this feature or that? We have several ideas on how to make 2018 even better. Paul and I were banging around several concepts. However, if some of you have platforms, ideas and concepts or ways to host chats or video platforms or other ideas you feel the community would like, let us know.

The End Game

Ultimately, we’re going to use the situation to build a new name, look and focus exclusively on our community. If others come and join us, that’s terrific! If they don’t, that’s fine too.

As we are all in this together, we would be incredibly grateful for your help in letting us know any niggles or RSS feeds that aren’t working or other granular details you notice. We also would be honored if you would spread the word when we make our official re-branding launch. We would also really appreciate your patience with us as we transition.

We will have a mailbag for your emails on things you’d like to tell us—questions you’d like to ask and we’ll have new features meant to be more interactive. It sounds ridiculous to say but in the end, it is a community for you, by you. We couldn’t do it without you and in fact, we’re banking on that very thing.

Liberty Media

I’ve no idea what Liberty Media’s thinking is on this but to be honest, maybe it is all for the best. We’ve lived in the penumbra of that naming issue for 13 years and in 2014 we lost that domain. I sort of knew this was coming but felt they would engage, not move apart. Regardless, they have their reasons and while I think they are wrong, that’s just my opinion. It is extremely disappointing for sure but it’s their right and that’s perfectly fine. I’ve no intention in getting into a name-calling war of words with them. They have much more important things to worry about than this.

It is, as they say, what it is and we move on. In some way, we’ve had this albatross around our neck for too long and with your help, I think we can actually make F1B even bigger and better. I took a weekend to find the energy, passion and will to do it all over again knowing what it will cost me personally and I am all in…how about you? Are you ready to help your community rebuild and be part of creating something even better? Something specifically for you? We hope so…in fact, we’re counting on it.

Ok, that’s all for now, I have to run…I have a lot of work to do, folks. Speak soon.

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An F1 fan since 1972, NC has spent over 25 years in the technology industry focusing on technology integration, AV systems integration, digital media strategies, technology planning, consulting, speaking, presenting, sales, content strategy, marketing and brand building.

  • REDRACER

    Thanks NC and et. al. I always look forward to new articles and the podcasts. You provide a great service especially during the off-season (aka the f1 fan’s winter of discontent). Keep up the great work and don’t hesitate to shout should you need a hand with the change. I’m 100% sure the F1BC community would assemble to help.

    • May take you up on that. There’s a lot of work to do and I am sure I’ll screw something up. After all, Huxley and Atticus are poor helpers. ;)

  • Paul Gerrard

    Yikes what a mess, thank you for being willing to continue, it must have been very tough to remain objective and positive through all of this. I salute you sir and can’t wait to see the new fresh look, like you mentioned, it might be just what you needed.

    • Yeah, it’s hard not to be bitter but onward and upward.

  • Andreas

    On the surface, a crappy move by Liberty. My first thought was that they’re really trying hard to shoot themselves in the foot. If they’re trying to grow F1 in the US, why not work *with* the people who already have a base? On the other hand, I can also understand them wanting to control their brand and how it is being used. And it could be argued the same goes for you – when all the hard work is finished, you will once again be in control of your brand. So maybe something good can come from this, after all.

    Of the suggested domain names, I’d probably go for grandprixreview.com – it works in abbreviated form (GPR) as well, and it isn’t as “inside” as theparcferme.com (which was my second favourite).

    On a final note, I’m glad you chose to reboot and continue – in the current climate, where trolls seem to riddle every comments section while more and more F1 news outlets are being bought up by one giant, F1B/FBC has been a rare haven of civil discourse. I’d love to see that continue, on a different domain if need be!

    • That’s really the short of it and you make a great point about mastering your own brand and destiny. Fair to assume that’s all Liberty is doing too.

      As for the trolls, that’s the heart of it. Everywhere I look, the sites are just flame-throwing troll fests and that’s sad. So grateful for a community you all built here on mutual respect.

    • Dr. Bob

      Concur with Andreas’ sentiment and 1st choice for domain name.

      • Shocks&Awe

        https://www.formula1.com/en/toolbar/legal-notices.html

        Grand Prix is trademarked. However “GP” seems ok.

        I vote for FormulaJuanBlog.com.

        • Paul KieferJr

          Well, if I had to make a choice, “RollingSpeed” would work….if they let you do that.

        • Andreas

          That figures… using it might be like going right from the frying pan to the fire, thus. Theparcferme gets my vote, then :-)

  • Fabio Tonelli

    Sorry to hear about this, all I can say, is that yours is one of the best podcasts out there. I’ll follow you to whatever you wish to call the website. I’m sure that the community out there will help as much as they can.

  • Paul KieferJr

    I’ll be damned if I let this site die. This is what got me reintroduced to F1 when it was announced that there was going to be a track in Austin. This site is too good to lose.

    I’m starting a campaign to get Liberty back into the promotion game with your site and others like it as its promotion vehicle. If there are people willing to promote F1, then that ends up a big plus for Liberty and will make me question their motives for purchasing the sport if they screw this up.

  • Jim Brackeen

    Thanks for all your perseverance Todd. You are the best part of my work week besides going home from work. I have a 38 mile commute each way through the farms and swamps of Florida and I don’t work with any fans either, so something besides music is a must. I’m glad you have decided to stick with it. I’ve tried other podcasts, but they don’t stack up. I will be more than glad to revise my Patreon account if necessary.
    BTW, I’m partial to grandprixreview myself…

  • Richard Roberts

    Todd, Paul, Grace, et. al.,y
    I’m one of the many, many who quietly join in weekly for a beer and F1 chat. Have yet to make my Patreon contribution… well now that the confession is out, I can get to my point. You all have made a massive contribution on to we fans (I’ve followed F1 from 1967 on through thick and thin – sport and information!) and are the local for F1 discussions. The faithful listeners will rally ($$$) and F1B will be better than ever.

  • subcritical71

    I was afraid this might happen with the new ownership. Lets hope they were just closing out the old agreements and on review will see the merits of this site (more on that below). I’ve been listening to the podcast for several years now and it makes my drive to work enjoyable! I only have 1 request, could you double the time of the podcast… you see, my office just changed locations and my drive is now double what it used to be. I get to Wednesday morning now and I have to listen to the radio…. it’s bumming me out. Seriously though, I’m glad you made the decision to stick it out. This is the only podcast I have actually stuck with and feel would leave a hole in my week if it did not continue.

    Is there some way we can let Chase know our thoughts? What might be the best way and can we organize a coordinated effort to get the positive message of this site to the upper echelons of Liberty?

    • subcritical71

      I should have mentioned I like theparcferme.com name. It would be unique. A close second is grandprixreview.com but that seems a little more generic. I don’t know how you can beat FBC though, that just rolls off the tongue!

      I’d also like grandprixblog.com (GPB)

      • Anthony

        Ummm, but “review” is only half the story… Surely?

        (Edit) Oops, sorry, replied to the wrong comment, should be for those suggesting the “review” option…

  • Noddy93

    Alonso ’08!

    just don’t censor live race posts in the forum… it never recovered from that stupid move.

  • SchumiHuman

    Dear Todd,

    I am so sorry to hear about your latest troubles.
    In my opinion Liberty is cutting its nose to spite its face.

    Keep fighting.

    Best Wishes

    Michael

    PS Did you ever end up framing the signed 2001 Schumacher cap?

  • Smee

    Let me first say that I had no idea that the guy writing the Negative Camber articles was the same guy doing the F1 blog podcasts. I really enjoy reading your articles even if I don’t agree with you all the time, and I really enjoy the podcast, they are pretty funny and the hour goes by quickly, which is always a good sign. Negative Camber is a pretty good name but there are probably others like me who have no idea it’s related to the F1 blog podcast, so you might want to do something about that. As for the new name, I like grandprixreview.com, if your trying to attract new listeners, I’m pretty sure most of them will have no idea what parc ferme means! As for the logo, I was never crazy about the wheel, so that’s something you could change. Good luck with the changes, I will keep listening! And Fernando is still the GOAT, no matter what you say!

    • Hi, I’m Todd. I like fast cars and pasta and a nice wine. I author for a website with the nom de plume, Negative Camber. I have had that since 2005. ;) I’d be scared if we always agreed. ;) And Fernando is not a the GOAT but he’s near the top for sure. ;)

  • Salvu Borg

    NC, Your website is one of the best, because of two things: because it is one of the best managed, because you are one of the few to permit disagreeing with.
    What ever the new name, I will be there.

  • Daniel Sebergsen

    You know what? Here’s a message to Liberty Media…

    No I’m not going to go all Vettel here but I am sorry for the way they go about their business. I have enjoyed so many hours with you guys since I stumbled across this podcast. I really hope you find a way to continue with the podcast.

    Best regards for Daniel

  • Anthony

    Oh wow! This is horrible news – #shameonyou Liberty Media. I suppose decorum and civility applies to communications towards them also? I’m really having to bite my tongue…!!!

    Per other messages, if there’s anything I can do to assist in the transition, please message me. (IT geek)

    Thanks for all the awesome work and putting a smile on my face so many times. #steeringwheel

    My vote is definitely for theparcferme.com – comfortable winner for me…

  • jakobusvdl

    Good Grief Todd! Liberty Media don’t have bigger issues to deal with than getting territorial with fan sites?
    My fingers are crossed that L.M take the time to listen to the quality of the podcasts, see the quality of the website, the posts by the FBC community, and start talking with you about how they can support F1B as a positive example ‘new media’.
    I guess that is a very optimistic hope, and a ‘rebrand’ is on the cards.
    This comes at the end of a tumultuous year for you, so I can understand the dismay and introspection you’ve gone through (probably are still going through).
    I’m glad you’ve chosen to re-load and carry on.
    New name – ‘Hybrid Heaven’ springs to mind ;-)
    or ‘1FB’ as in ‘F1 is 1F spelt Backwards’.
    Of the options you mention, GrandPrixReview and ParcFerme are both very good options.
    Good luck Todd, and if there are practical things I could do to help with migrating F1B across to the new site, just ask (limited IT skills, but I can learn)
    All the best to the FBC team, and let’s hope L.M look to the future and respond in a way that gives you reason to celebrate this Christmas.

    • Yeah, it’s a been a challenging year for sure. This wasn’t what I wanted to deal with and I will admit that as new Americans owners, it wasn’t something I thought I would be dealing with. Perhaps they will reach back out and have a desire to work together and if so, that would be great. We would be happy to help them just as we were with Mr. E. We love the sport so helping it, and sometimes being critical of it, is what we do. Iron sharpening iron.

      • jakobusvdl

        Just thinking about the changes ahead for FBC, and the reticence of Atticus to research for you.
        Time to replace Atticus with Aldus, and let Aldus and Huxley take FBC into its Brave New World! ;-)

  • Salvu Borg

    The irony of it all, NC and all those around you/your team. Only thanks to your effort, determination and perseverance that this site got to where it is today. The irony of it all is it all happened under the bad guys owners of formula one commercial rights. Now the situation under the new good guy’s owners of the commercial rights is what it is.
    “IRONIC” sometimes it seems that it’s almost impossible to get the truth. Other times the truth is staring us in the face.
    If the desire, the determination and the same qualities of management is still there, whatever the change of name it will make no difference, and it will not diminish the flourishing of this site. maybe a bit early, but all the best to the FIB site and all of it’s community.

  • Tom Firth

    Todd, as said elsewhere you’ve let no one down. You’ve built a brilliant community which is an honour to contribute towards.

    Thank you. I’m happy with whichever name you choose but do like TheParcFerme

  • Stuart Hall

    Hi Todd, really gutting to hear that Liberty Media have taken these steps. Especially when they said that they want to open up the sport to new fans. How closing down websites/podcasts like yours achieves this I’ve no idea.
    I look forward to your podcasts every week, I even enjoy your opening banter usually around what Grace is drinking. I will look forward to your new a revitalised site name and podcasts. Keep up the good work.
    Thank you.
    Stuart.

    • Thx Stuart. I don’t know either and while I disagree, I do understand their wanting to retire all legacy deals. I want to have as much deference with them as possible here but even a cursory search would have revealed that perhaps we are a site worth engaging, not terminating.

      • Stuart Hall

        You’re welcome. Do you think the door has firmly closed on them engaging you in further dialogue?

  • Tony Drake

    Hi Todd, I’ve been a listener for like 7 or 8 years. I listened to 3 or 4 F1 shows, but yours was the one that lasted. In Australia, we used to have free to air showing of all races, for the last 3 years, expensive cable only ($60 per month for 2 races!!)… I did it for one year, but now I watch the 50% live, and source the others elsewhere. I have a family, and not much spare cash – I wish I could contribute, but I seem to have less spare cash then ever.. So, I was think listening to your show – I listened to you more this year than actually WATCH formula1 – says a lot. I hope you find a way… My intrest in F1 is lessening by the year due to their media policies, and I can see not even bothering to watch anything outside a 5min youtube highlight real soon… thanks for keeping me excited…

    • Thanks for listening Tony, I really appreciate it. Your comments are very humbling and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support.

  • aelfwald

    Not impressed with Liberty’s actions here, but not surprised TBH. I always liked Bernie myself, as your story reveals, thought he was someone upon whose word, if received, you’d be able to trust implicitly.

    I like grandprixreview. A suggestion from myself, how about effwunblog? Could you get away with that (if you liked it)?

    Hope you know about tools like Powershell and Grep if you’re going to be doing a find and replace through lots of text based files. Sorry if I’m teaching you to suck eggs there!

  • Peter Goodchild

    Hi Todd,
    I’ve been a listener for two years and love what you’re doing; haven’t missed a show since I started (although I also admit to listening to other F1 pods too- sorry!). I’m English and like the American take. I don’t understand why Liberty would wish to sideline this. You’re a great advert for F1 and it’s fans.
    If there’s gruntwork that needs to be done, I’d be happy to contribute an hour or two pw for a few weeks to muck in.
    I work down the road from FOM’s offices but I don’t think I’m up to chaining myself to their railings- sorry!
    I’m looking forward to the ersatz show. Regards to Grace and Paul.
    Regards
    Peter

    • Thx Peter, no harm in listening to other pods, there are good ones out there by folks who work hard on them. Yeah, best not chain yourself to their doorstep, the may not like it much. ;) They may, however, give you a new hat with that cool new logo of theirs to go away. ;)

  • subcritical71

    NC, in case you have not seen this it might be worth going to https://www.formula1partnerprogramme.com/ and filing a request there also.

    • Salvu Borg

      The people at that address have been gone from F1 for a year, have nothing to do with F1 anymore, they were the people that NC said they were good to him.

      • subcritical71

        Damn, I hate when multi-billion dollar companies can’t even go so far as to update their websites with current information, especially when it pertains to trademarks and usage statements….

        Having said that, I looked at the liberty media site and never realized that the Formula 1 Group owned so much outside of Formula 1…. even a baseball team! But I’m sure some of this was since LM took over.

  • charlie white

    So it comes to this. I’m not entirely surprised this situation has come but surprised it comes from Liberty not FOM. Liberty has to protect its “intellectual” property and crush all things unofficially attached to it: American business 101. Do something to tweak their corporate noses by re-naming the site as “formulablog1”, just enough to be different to evade their trademarks while maintaining the site’s identity and initial purpose. By all means, don’t throw in the towel! “Fight the powers that be!”-the Isley Brothers.

    • Yeah, as I stated, I understand their point and I have no interest in fighting them, I am trying to help them. I believe both parties have good intentions and I understand their desire to protect their brand. I am slightly stepping on it but in many ways I am trying to do the same for them. protect and promote their brand. for free.

      I don’t think they mean anything untoward, just doing what they feel they need to do and I have a lot of respect for that. Just thought they’d go the other way and embrace our support instead of terminate it. We’ll see what happens.

      • FryDaddy

        Friends: This is what integrity looks like.

  • holy crap…

  • Shocks&Awe

    There’s something ironic about a company call Liberty Media clamping down on a fan site.

    Can we have an exemption to the Decorum and Civility rule and just start bashing Liberty and it’s three Wise Men?

    Chase Cary punching bag in the new site’s store?

  • Roger Gomes

    I am really sorry to hear about this NC. I literally only heard about it when I was listening to your podcast on the way to work (admittedly quite surprised). I thought Liberty Media were trying to reach a wider audience and promote Formula 1 further – perhaps it eludes to an article I read where Chase Carey stated that no one was getting a free lunch?! Perhaps he wasn’t only referring to Ferrari’s constructor payments as part of the current Concorde agreement or the fact that the constructors will be receiving less revenue. Either way, I think that this is a regressive move. I’m sure everyone that visits your site or supports it on Patreon are happy to offer as much help as we can. As the old F1 logo has been retired, is there anyway of using a similar graphic with something synonymous with Formula 1? I wish Paul, Grace and yourself all the best and will continue to support you guys on Patreon.

  • Coach_Wargo

    I’ve only discovered your podcast within the last 2 years or so, and I love it and listen weekly. I’ll follow wherever you go. As for domain, grandprixreview.com is my preference. I think it encompasses not just your F1 coverage, but also your growing IndyCar side.

  • SteveB

    It’s sad to hear that you don’t have the support of Liberty Media considering all the good you do for the sport. You sir are a true stalwart of the sport. If only Liberty Media realized and appreciated all you do for this sport. I’ve listened to other F1 podcasts, and in all honesty none come close to what you, Paul and Grace do on a weekly basis. I’m extremely happy to hear that you will continue gracing us with your knowledge and opinion of this sport. I have yet to support you via Patreon (great oversight on my part), but you can count on my Patreon support going forward.

    PS. I vote for theparcferme ;)

  • jh

    Liberty media severing ties with you and with NBCSN is too much, too soon.

  • Dancing_Horse

    NC – I know first hand the name game your going through, although I was the Liberty Media side of playing field…

    Being in that position as Liberty Media, one God forbid, does not want to effect/destroy someones life size work – especially if they are innocent; doesn’t possess any real threat financially – yet the one that was there first has to take what belongs to them, for their families sake(food on the table so to speak). After all in maters of biz it always comes down to dollars and cents. As in my case years ago while in the music biz; the name was very important – we had first claim to it, our family and our very hard work for years were depending on it.
    As I then and I am sure regardless of what many may think about Liberty Media, not all there are heartless, for they surely felt for you and the fans that follow here – yet they have much bigger $ issues to deal with right now, and who knows, maybe when the dust settles a couple of years down the road, they may approach you to piggyback with them in some way. Hey! You never know? life is always full of surprises right? Who would have really thought thought back in 2005 all of this would have become so popular and big as you it has?
    Well then, maybe God’s plans here are bigger than they are now….

    For what its worth I stand here with you “ALL” no mater the name; I am not to judgmental on things such as that any longer. I simply love coming on here and being allowed to be part of this in some small way for a passion that since the 1960’s have cherished; F1 racing – you provide a cool place to hang out with others who love it as much.
    Believe me when I write, I understand the HUGE sacrifice you and your colleagues make every day/week/year for this, especially in taking away from your families – for nothing, no mater, can replace that lost time and love. So again I/we sincerely, Thank You and your families for allowing them to share you guys with us!

  • Matt

    Todd… Rock-On!! I know you’ve been a fan of Mr. E. in the past and I understand your past rationale. He is to be respected not only for what he has done to his own bottom line, but to that of a large number of Millionaires. I however can’t say that his model has put him on the American list of respected Mogels. Worldwide, he is a rock star, but In the US, he just has not fully understood the market and the feeling is similar in reverse. Now that your not under the thumb of Him or Liberty, I’d really like to know your real opinion of Mr. E.’s say, last 5 years at the helm… If (and possibly when) you think he transplanted Michael’s Soul into his frail mortal husk and if you could compare and contrast the group think mess that Liberty seems to be bound for. Now that there is no chance of being in either’s pocket going forward like most other media coverage (Autosport, Motorsport, Windsor and the like), could you compare and contrast and or speculate what the Heck Liberty is thinking going forward? How can they allow their own coverage in the US to go to a Sky and F1 feed when the folks there can’t seem to get a youtube post of talking heads to come up not inverted and not cutting off foreheads and mouths of those speaking on camera. Do they expect to save money doing this? My guess is they will lose most veteran American followers… 80’s Max Headroom and Toyota Commercial Camera work is no longer welcome in today’s Media Market. Especially when team sponsors are looking at Youtube and they see their shirt logos inverted and unintelligible.

    BTW. Your Clip is the end of RUSH 2112 if I’m not mistaken, No? Boy do I feel old!!!

    Last, The Donald Tweets, I do not… Even most teenagers these days know better than to even engage there. It is the opposite of decorum and civility as best I can tell and It’s beneath you!!!

    I look forward to the new site. I’ll try to get it together enough to make some sort of monetary support.

    Matt

  • Matt

    One more thing I forgot, Let me know as a Guitar Player from St. Louis, if you are familiar with who Mike Jordan was? I know he was from the St. Lou area, but I’m not sure if he, the Rock-a-matics or the Famous Potatoes had much of a following there.

  • Matt

    Yet another “One more thing”. Perhaps the Donkey of the race should be awarded a paper Chase Cary mustache going forward?

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