ESPNF1 launched in 2009 following ESPN’s acquisition, redesign and rebranding of Racing-Live.com (founded in 1997), making it one of the newest editions to ESPN’s world-leading digital media portfolio. Like many of its sibling sites, ESPNF1 has been growing quickly, increasing its global unique audience by 46 percent over the past 12 months, now averaging more than 650,000 unique users per month.
The site is focused exclusively on the day-to-day coverage of F1, the most popular motorsport competition in the world, and delivers news, analysis, live coverage of each F1 grand prix, in-depth statistics on the hundreds of drivers who have driven in a race, as well information on every race since 1950. The site also features contributors from leading figures from the sport such as Karun Chandhok (India’s most recognised Formula One driver), Sam Bird (one of the world’s up-and-coming GP2 drivers) and Tonio Liuzzi (an F1 driver for Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Force India, and currently at HRT for 2011).
ESPNF1 also offers mobile, audio and video services including the weekly ESPNF1 weekly video and audio podcast, iPhone and Android mobile apps and a leading mobile Web site. The site is currently available in English, French and Japanese.
ESPNF1 writers & contributors
Martin Williamson: Group Managing Editor
Martin Williamson is group managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining ESPNcricinfo in 2001, Williamson was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch Sky News Online.
Laurence Edmondson: Deputy Editor
Laurence Edmondson has worked on the site since 2009 when he joined as assistant editor. In his current role he writes news and features as well as live race commentaries and reports. Before joining ESPNF1 he worked for ITV-f1.com as staff writer, a position he took on immediately after graduating from the Cardiff School of Journalism in 2008. He was also a finalist in the 2005 Bridgestone e-reporter competition for upcoming motorsport journalists.
Chris Medland: Assistant Editor
Chris is assistant editor for ESPNF1, helping to povide live text commentary on race weekends and write race reports, chasing news, and penning analysis for ESPNF1 Weekly and the ESPNF1 Podcast. Chris studied Sports Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire was previously a part of the BBC TV team for the second half of the 2009 F1 season.
Karun Chandhok: contributor
Karun Chandhok is one of just two Indians to sit on a Formula One starting grid, making his debut in 2010 with HRT. A motorsport fan since he was a kid, in his first year in the paddock he quickly built up a solid reputation, not only as a driver, but also as an impeccable source of F1 trivia. Now he draws on both his first-hand experience and his extensive knowledge to offer his views on the sport he loves. He has been a contributor for ESPNF1 since March 2011.
Tonio Liuzzi: contributor
Tonio Liuzzi has raced in Formula One since 2005, driving for Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Force India before landing his latest seat at HRT for 2011. He has been an ESPNF1 columnist since 2010, giving a driver’s insight into every race weekend.