Have you noticed that when you go back to look up a race in your old racing magazines that the reports these days do not really tell you the whole story? The authors assume (or are told to assume) that you will have watched the race on TV and the so reports tend to consist of disjointed bits and bobs, and sidebars about what happened to one driver or another. You might get some strategic analysis as well, but what is often missing is a proper account of what actually happened. The newspapers give you a potted account majoring on the national hero of the newspaper concerned, but there is never much room for F1 on the sports pages, while the Internet will give you seemingly endless screeds of Tweet-style reporting that was done live. It is far too long, far too speculative and, although they do not mention it, it was created by people who were not at the race track and in many cases never have been. The world has changed and the old style reports just don’t seem to exist any longer.
Well, folks, they do. And they are in electronic form as well. On top of that they are available within four or five hours of the chequered flag – and all of this at a price that seems far too small for the service being offered…
The answer to the question is GrandPrix+, which is written and created in the Media Centres all around the world, by professional F1 reporters who between them have attended something like 1800 Grands Prix, which is not bad considering there are only four of them. It is a 75-90 page publication in PDF format, giving you proper race reports, plus the kind of features that you used to read in racing magazines, including interviews, analysis pieces and even some whacky stories from the history of the sport, even back to the very early days. The catchline of the magazine is “It’s all about the passion” and that is exactly what the magazine is about. It’s opinionated, punchy, funny and features great photography. It is delivered electronically, no matter where you are in the world and it is the only F1 e-magazine created in landscape format – so it looks great on a computer screen, a tablet or an iPad.
The subscription is a measly £29.99 for the entire season and you get 2012 magazines for free, and you can buy archives dating back five years to create a complete F1 archive in your own computer.
WHy not give it a try in 2013? We are quite sure you will not regret it.
And if those of you who do subscribe want to give your opinion to help guide others, please feel free to leave a comment. If you are interested, go to www.grandprixplus.com and find out how to sign up.
And if you want to get an idea of what you get, try going to GP+ 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix