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F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and we offer an interactive site befitting the sport—something different and fresh. We are not an F1 news aggregator. We break news, create original content and discuss news as well as source all of our articles when applicable.
Ultimately, TPF is you—a safe harbor for new fans to engage with veterans without the belittling and ham-fisted comments that can often spoil discussion. We have one rule at TPF, engage and share your opinion, just do it with Decorum & Civility. No personal attacks.
NEGATIVE CAMBER (TODD)~Chief Opinion Officer
An earliest memory is that of sitting on the couch with his Father watching Emerson in his Lotus 72. He got a Lotus 72 Corgi toy car that year followed by several other Corgi’s and has never looked back. The haunting sound of the Ferrari V12 has left him favoring the Scuderia each year and his love of F1 is as passionate as those fantastic Italians at Maranello.
A life-long career as a business owner and executive in the technology industry of audiovisual and communication systems (collaborative systems, videoconferencing, teleconferencing, system control, network integration and other technologies) takes most of his time. His two daughters and TPF take all of the rest. Yes, Jim Clark is his favorite but Tazio Nuvolari or Jochen Rindt is a close second and to be honest, there are many from the 60’s that have always fascinated him from his earliest childhood.
GRACE~ Executive Editor
Grace originates from the backwoods of Western Pennsylvania but now, after a short visit to Penn State, calls the Washington D.C. area home. Grace enjoys all forms of motor sports including F1, WRC, MotoGP, and yes even the occasional IndyCar and NASCAR races. Her other obsessions include the Pittsburgh Steelers, NHL, and really anything but basketball and cricket. Her non-sports related interests include Seinfeld, action movies, video games, and really bad reality TV shows. Her favorite beers are Anchor Porter and Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. She also enjoys playing pub quiz on Mondays.
Grace has been watching auto racing most of her life and has been following Formula 1 since 2000. She’s a McLaren fan who faces the on-going struggle of, well, being a McLaren fan, especially one who is surrounded by Ferrari fans. Her heroes include Larry David, Robin Miller, Patrick Head, and Paula Deen.
Paul Charsley- Executive Editor/Professional Driver
Paul has been around racing, and dreamed of being a racing driver all his life. He watched the likes of Senna, Piquet and Mansell racing in the lower ranks at the start of their careers and could be found up against the fence at any of the many English race tracks every weekend. His father was a successful team manager and ran teams that won the Daytona 24hrs and finished 2nd place at Le Mans. His brother was a Formula1 mechanic and also had a successful career as a sports car team manager.
Paul’s been racing for 21 years and started by winning his first ever race in the last corner on the last lap. He won his first championship a year later while turning to the pro circuit in IMSA endurance racing. While mainly a tin top racer, he has driven cars from many different genres including Super touring Sedans, formula and Sports car endurance GT’s. Alongside his racing he has made a career of coaching in, and driving, the top performance cars manufactured in the world, including Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus, Dodge Vipers, BMW and of course Audis. Currently Paul has been hired to spearhead the emotive driving stables at Infineon raceway which include the Audi Sport car experience, The Mitsubishi Evo School and the world renowned Jim Russell Racing School.
Tom Firth – @F1Chat host on Twitter – Contributing Writer – Forum/F1/Sportscar
Based in the sleepy villages of the north of England. My early memories are all of formula one on the television, with a dad and grandfather that followed Formula One on television; it was only a matter of time before the sport caught my attention.
Following formula one wasn’t quite enough though, it’s an awesome series and I love watching the races and learning about the history today but there is so much more to motorsport than just Formula One. As I got older I’ve watched as much motorsport through the television and archive videos from series around the world as possible. My favourites include Indycar, Sportscars, particularly the World Endurance Championship, Le Mans and ALMS. Well Sportscar racing in general. My other favourite is the British Touring Car Championship but basically if it races with an engine, I will try and watch it.
I really enjoy learning the history of races as well as what’s currently happening in the world of motorsport.
I guess one day it might change to if it races with a battery, I will try and watch it but for the time been lets stick with the engine. The only regret is I don’t get to a track enough. In this part the country there aren’t many racetracks, well there’s farms, farms and more farms really and for some reason whenever I visit a track, it rains. Perhaps that’s the reason more don’t exist in the north.
I came to F1B by meeting Frantic on twitter, signing up for the F1B forum and getting to know the guys on the forum. Eventually I started to do the Fastlap podcasts with Andy (Frantic) and then our regenerated show Opposite Lock recently.