What a thrilling year this has been for motorsport – full of thrills, intrigue and exciting twists in the plot.
One in particular you might already have heard about: Autosport (including its Autosport International Show and the Autosport Awards), F1 Racing, Motorsport News and LAT Images are now part of the same family as Motorsport.com and its family of websites.
As a loyal reader of one (if not all!) of these celebrated titles, I can imagine that you might be asking: ‘what does this mean for the magazine, website, or exhibition I know and love?’
Well, I’d like to take this opportunity to outline how we’re planning to offer much more to you, the reader and race fan, in the years ahead.
In short, we aim to take these pillars of the sport to a higher level, expanding the way we deliver motorsport coverage with the clear ambition of bringing you, the fan, even closer to the action.
And to allay any fears, that means keeping everything we’ve been lucky enough to bring into the Motorsport Network stable – but improving them wherever we can.
So F1 Racing will continue to prosper as the international gospel of Formula One – expect to see the magazine promote more events and fan activities in the year ahead.
And I’m hugely excited to announce the return of the legendary Nigel Roebuck and his much-loved Fifth Column to Autosport, in print and on line. We’ll be reuniting him with the peerless technical illustrator, Giorgio Piola. I hope you’ll agree that’s quite a ‘driver pairing’!
Motorsport News,, meanwhile, will remain on the news-stand, but look out for a new digital presence soon.
In addition, you’ll have easier access to bespoke coverage from an array of newly affiliated sister titles, such as Motorsport. com, Motor1.com and Ferrarichat. These last two will be of particular appeal to performance road car enthusiasts.
Then there’s Motorstore, a destination website for any fan wanting to ‘show their colours’ through licensed racewear and merchandise.
And that’s not the end of the journey. Driven by our fans’ desire to access not just the best news, features and photography, but also to witness live action and the very best highlights, we’re developing a major broadcasting initiative. Motorsport deserves a dedicated television ‘home’ and I’m thrilled to tell you about our plans to do just that – all driven by the knowledge and passion of the world’s finest motorsport journalists working for Motorsport.com and Autosport.com.
With all we have, and all we intend to do next year, Motorsport Network will be bringing you, the motor racing fan, an enriched motorsport experience. There will be no limits to our efforts to innovate and improve the way racing is covered, so look out for 360-degree on-board race coverage and compelling new live motorsport feeds straight to your mobile device.
We want to ‘think like a fan’ and provide access to motorsport in as many ways you wish.
So that’s our mission: preserving the great names that have joined Motorsport Network this year, but never resting on our laurels – there’s much, much more to come. Strap in tight and enjoy the ride!