As names go, Formula1blog.com has been a sturdy domain in which to grow. Like all websites, you have to start somewhere and back in 2005 we thought we’d pick a name that said exactly what we were…a blog about Formula 1.

If you’ve listened to our podcast recently, you may have heard me mention the notion of changing our name as the powers that be at Formula 1 Management had retained a law firm to contact us about the use of the domain name www.formula1blog.com. I’m not a law-talkin’ guy so you can imagine the fun these documents are. ;)

It’s unfortunate as we like to think we’ve done as much as possible to promote their sport in a fun, expository manner that has always defended their honor and placed their sport above all other forms of motorsport. Not to mention the very concept of plainly and obviously telling everyone that we were not part of the official Formula 1 group.

We decided back in 2005 to sally forth and create a site that wasn’t a blog pretending to be a news website—actual journalists already do a terrific job of covering the sport.

Back in the early days you couldn’t shake a stick without hitting a website that cut-n-pasted news from AUTOSPORT, BBC, ITV or other professional news outlets and re-posted the content in an effort to be a F1 news website. We weren’t interested in that, we wanted to engage the fans of the sport. We wanted to build a community of like-minded fans with the feel of two friends at a pub discussing F1 over a pint (as we said back in 2007 in our first podcasts).

We wanted to make a fan community that discussed the news. News, as created by wonderful journalists, was simply the prime mover for our discussions and sharing of opinion. We always linked the sources and paid homage to those who call F1 journalism a profession and we still do.

Thanks to all of you for making F1B what it has become…a community that holds to one simple rule—decorum & civility. We have created a fan site that unpacks the sport and does so for veteran and new fans alike.

We certainly would like to work with Formula One Management more closely as part of their effort in bringing F1 back to America and we’ve asked them about doing just that. Meanwhile, we feel it would be prudent to have a “plan B” should CVC Capital feel they have everything under control and need no help from our community.

We thought about a name and we hashed out many options as you can imagine. We’ve arrived at two names that we feel might be a fun, new approach for all of us but we were worried that you (the F1B community) might not like one or the other.

Pondering that possibility, we decided to take the issue to you and let you share your opinion with decorum & civility as always. Why not engage the very people we created this website for and seek their thoughts on the two names we’ve arrived on?

So here it is, two names that we feel could be an option should Formula One Management choose not to work with us in a more symbiotic way. Let us know which one you like. Keep in mind SEO, appeal to casual or even seeking fans and brand equity for veterans and the community as a whole. Which one describes us more while appealing to those who might be seeking a new home for their opinion?

Also consider the appeal factor and how the name might lend itself for branching out to all forms of racing so we can discuss the series you might like to share your opinion on.

For you graphic artists out there, consider the possibilities for logos and if you have a great concept, mock it up and send it to us. We’d be elated to have someone in our community design our new logo to go with the possible name change.

In the end, we love Formula 1 and really do respect Formula One Management. You’d be hard pressed to find a person who has defended Mr. Ecclestone as much as me but in life, timing is important and while we’d love to work with FOM instead of against, we do appreciate they may not feel compelled to do the same.

Should we change names, please be patient with us as we get all of our social media changed, RSS feeds and podcast feeds changed. It will take time and hard work and a little patience from all of you but in the end, we will still be the same community we’ve always been.

That being said, nothing is definite and let’s hope we can reach an agreement but in the end, it really is all about YOU! The community of F1B. Regardless of what our name is, the core DNA, nuance and character of this site will always be made by and for you.

Should we need a “plan B”, which domain name appeals to you more?

MotorSportGrid.com

RollingSpeed.com

 

 

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Frantic
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Frantic

You know ive heard if you pay courts 100 million this kinda crap just goes away…

joie puckett
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joie puckett

Yup, move this circus to Germany.

Kiril Varbanov (@Kiril_Varbanov)
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Kiril Varbanov (@Kiril_Varbanov)

LOL :)

Indeed, it’s a great community. But, inevitably, the lawyers appear. Two days I ago I coughed hard, and I made a sound like “F1” and two all-dressed-up lawyers jumped out of the bushes, asking for compensation!

If I had to choose between the two – RollingSpeed would be my choice. I do like, NegativeCamber.net, most of all. Very distinct name.

joie puckett
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joie puckett

Feeling BummedAngry at FOM lawyers.

Ian
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Ian

How about middlefingertobernie.com? When I read things like this I realise just how that man is trying to implode the sport that I’ve loved for the last 25 years.

CH
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CH

Great name! They’d not publish here what I wish for the Emperor and CVC.

Chuck C
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Chuck C

Of the two, I prefer Rolling Speed, but ….

why not Negative Camber? That would be my first choice and, best of all, it’s available. :)

Trent
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Trent

I like that idea too, Chuck

Doug
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Doug

That’s really not a bad idea, and the domain is available! Other than that, I wouldn’t be opposed to Rolling Speed. I keep trying to come up with a name that would be akin to the 19th Hole in golf since that, as I understand it, is the philosophy behind F1B. It’s a bunch of knowledgeable and passionate folk providing their viewpoints, opinion, an analysis of F1 in a relaxed, non-presumptuous fashion. I’m not convinced that either of the two names put forward, though, really capture that pub-chat philosophy well. …I’ll keep thinking on this.

joie puckett
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joie puckett

Is FU.com available?

Rapierman
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Rapierman

Never in a million years. The domain sellers would turn it down in a heartbeat.

Chuck C
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Chuck C

Or maybe Formula1Blognowwithdoublepoints.com?

Maybe they just want a bit more promotion?

Charles Medley
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Charles Medley

MotorSportGrid.com seems more professional… RollingSpeed.com conjures up the image of Rolling Thunder (the motorcycle event in support of POWs).

Could you perhaps change it to something like EffOneBlog.com?

Peter Hearn
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Peter Hearn

both solutions are terrible.

nem0
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nem0

Rolling Speed sounds like the names of at least 2 other motorsport blogs I already follow. Motor Sport Grid conjures up some nice visual ideas (I may send you some unsolicited sketches because I’m bored at work today and need an excuse to draw something), though both names kind of force y’all to lose your FORMULA 1 based core identity. Not necessarily saying that’s a bad thing, but if I was in a board room right now discussing this, it’s one of the first things I’d mention. That said, your initials would be MSG. Just sayin’. Actually, that could be… Read more »

Trent
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Trent

Dang. Sad to hear you’ve gotta deal with all this. It’d be nice to know a bit about the thinking behind each name.

Rick B
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Rick B

blogaboutF1.com

jeff
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jeff

Love it, but I think F1 is the stickler. BloggingGrandPrix? BloggingGPAmerica? BloggingGrandPrixUS?

jeff
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jeff

Assuming “Formula 1” and “F1” are trademarked and thus issues (rolls eyes):

-ApexAnalysis
-DownforceDigest
-FormulaDownshift
-SnatchingApexes
-ThePinnacleGPOpinion
-ThePinnacleGP

Perhaps a name in which newcomers know it’s primarily an F1, then a general motorsport opinion and discussion site. I like this bent, but phrases associative of F1 are limited.

-Grandprixinteractive/GPinteractive?
-Formula4thefans?

Do you want to advertise a US perspective (whilst including the entirety of course)? Or a sardonic bent?

-F1fansAmerica
-ThrottleblipUS
-SillySeasonGP

Most of these suck; it’s hard to gain traction and be at a search engine’s top w/o “F1” or “Formula 1.” Best of luck.

vance
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vance

Ever wonder why “Friends of F1” changed the name? #beentheredonethat

Rapierman
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Rapierman

Todd, I know how you feel. The University of Texas Longhorns are just as bad. Recently sued a small mom-and-pop store because it used “Longhorn” in the name of the store. Go figure. :P

“MotorsportGrid” is acceptable, and you might as well get it ready. If past history is any indication, FOM’s going to be a real jackass about it.

Alternatives? “RacingWheels.com” comes to mind. Thought about “AutoBlog.com”, but figured that it was too close to “AutoSport”.

jeff
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jeff

autoblog.com is a great roadcar news/test/opinion site, unfortunately.

Rapierman
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Rapierman

Ah, damn….and “racingwheels.com” was also taken. Dammit, people, leave some room for the imagination already!

Rapierman
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Rapierman

Woohoo! “asphalttrack.com” is available!

Doug
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Doug

So…. no rally goodness?

Rapierman
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Rapierman

My error, never considered that. Oh, well, back to the drawing board.

Rapierman
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Rapierman

….and so is “racingwheelsblog.com”

mini696
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mini696

RollingSpeed.com is my pick.

Or maybe “StickItInYourBacksideBernie.com”

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

I like Rollingspeed too.

Tom Firth
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Tom Firth

Is downshift.com available ?

Rapierman
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Rapierman

For $10K US, it is.

Trevor Simpson
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Trevor Simpson

You own the domain name and the IPR for all your content. CVC has issued a retrospective objection (approaching 10 years after the event), so I would recommend at least investigating options for a buy-out of your domain name and compensation for causing you effort and costs to acceed to their demands.

I hope you will be able to stay on the air and continue to keep us all up to date with the world of F1.

Rapierman
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Rapierman

If they were smart, they’d let him run with it since they benefit from his operation.

photogcw
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photogcw

I suggest RacingForce-1.com. And you have my permission to use it and I won’t sue until you make your first $100million IPO. Even better, I can be bribed just like Gribkowsky.

Daytona
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Daytona

UnofficialF1Blog.

johnpierre rivera
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johnpierre rivera

Unbelievable…. Is all I have to say.
In regards to the names I’m not keep on either but of the two, MotorSportGrid is my choice…
-jp-

Rapierman
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Rapierman

JP, go read something I just retweeted. a few seconds ago.

johnpierre rivera
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johnpierre rivera

ok…

johnpierre rivera
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johnpierre rivera

*keen

MontrealKid
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MontrealKid

Prefer motorsportgrid but it’s not “great” imo. Am thinking of something right now. So angry that you guys have to deal with this after everything you do to promote the sport. Maybe your rant cast went too far?! ;)

rbunce
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rbunce

PhormulaJuanBlog.com

ShocksAndAwe
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ShocksAndAwe

Love it!

Dlemon
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Dlemon

Rolling speed

TurboPhoenix
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TurboPhoenix

Of the two I prefer RollingSpeed, but neither really have the same kind of ring to them that F1B has. Sadly I have no suggestions, my brain’s not working creatively right now.

paulcharsleyappreciation.com?

Niyoko
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Niyoko

I like RollingSpeed.com from the choices given.

Is DRSPass.com or IncreasingTheShow.com taken?

Rapierman
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Rapierman

1st one: yes. 2nd: available for $2.99

jeff
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jeff

TheFormulaMotorsport
RacingLines/TheRacingLine
OnThrottleDiscussion
UpshiftInsight
TalkingMotorsport/MotorsportTalk (Writing?)
CamberedCornerGP

Yuck. Good luck finding something appropriate.

Doug Patterson
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Doug Patterson

The Cambered Corner has merit! Would make for a good motorsports pub name, too!

danielsussex
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danielsussex

GrandPrixBlog.com

Calvin
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Calvin

Bernieisaangrytroll.com

jsimm57184
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jsimm57184

Sorry about the legal situation! How about the Grand Prix Racing Blog or the Fake Bernie E racing cartel blog

Phil
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Phil

How about “www.maxmosleysbondageblog.com”?

jcim
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jcim

of all the stupid… sigh…

at least it’s a testimony to your good work. this is why f1 is losing the next generation.

I’m not crazy about either choice, but motorsportgrid.com seems to suit your style better, IMHO.

totalbullshit.com. ?

nofahz
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nofahz

I’m not a fan of rollingspeed.com. foneb.com is also taken which is a shame.
I second Mr. Simpson’s recommendation from his reply: https://theparcferme.com/f1-news/changing-our-name/#li-comment-181259

for the sake of simplicity and brevity may I suggest:
http://www.vulturescumsuckinglawyerscaneatsh*tandpickonsomeoneelse.com

The Captain
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The Captain

berniesagreedyasswhowilldestroytheverythingthatmadehimrich.com

ok. that may be a bit too long for a URl

So how about grandprixfans.com
it even shortens to GPS for a graphic (or even gpfans.com but that may be taken)

The Captain
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The Captain

opps typo, it shortens to GPF for the graphic, you can keep the same logo basicly

Cody
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Cody

Personally, I enjoy Rolling Speed or the two. However, I think you should consider the accessibility and familiarity to new, income, or searching users. The site would very unlikely be quick to populate in searches and whatnot unless there is an extreme amount of metadata. It would take a long time to come up in most generic searches.

With that input, I have no alternative to either. Sorry.

adaptable1
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adaptable1

racingopinion dot com or racingmatters dot com …tell it like it is and don’t mention anybody else ;) Go for comedy: dursux.com effejuanracing.com (get Sofia Vergara for the ad) outoftouchracing.com shouldhavesprinklersinstalled.com doubledhabi.com

adaptable1
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adaptable1

and the venerable…. wtfone.com !

Patrick Dinsmoor
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Patrick Dinsmoor

grandprixblog.com is availible. I think it is close to the original name. If anything I think “blog” should be in the name of the site

ShocksAndAwe
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ShocksAndAwe

“Grand Prix” is also one of their “word marks”.

Word Marks

F1™
Formula 1™
Formula One™
FIA Formula One World Championship™
Grand Prix™
F1 Grand Prix™
Formula 1 Grand Prix™
Paddock Club™
Formula One Paddock Club™

Rere
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Rere

First, shake my head at the short-sighted bunch, FOM!

I prefer RollingSpeed of the two. adaptable1’s suggestion, racingmatters dot com sounds nice, though it doesn’t seem available.

a) 1thousandth dot com b) goforagap dot com c) positivecamber dot com? ;-)

Rere
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Rere

One more, d) oddracing dot com… I guess I need some sleep.

Damian
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Damian

I like MotorSportGrid better.

Or how about berniesaysblog.com? :D

Schmorbraten
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Schmorbraten

Between the two, I’d choose rollingspeed.com. But can’t you use your connections to keep the old name? Maybe Christian Sylt could have a word with his octogenarian chum …

Alianora La Canta
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Alianora La Canta

Formula1.com’s own website says: “However certain trade marks of the Formula One group can be used to provide information or news reports about the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and the FORMULA 1 races. These guidelines (which may be updated from time to time) are provided to help you use our trade marks properly and in a clear and consistent way for this purpose. ..” and also: “Our Permitted Word Marks can be used editorially on social media platforms and on mobile services such as SMS so long as the use (of which F1 is one) is to inform or… Read more »

ShocksAndAwe
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ShocksAndAwe

The site’s name _is_ branding. It’s permissible to use the term F1 when making a comment about F1, as in, “F1 Management, a.k.a. FOM, blows monkey chunks”, but not in the name of a site. Which I think, unfortunately, also rules out FOMblowsmonkeychunks.com.

stevenroy27
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stevenroy27

If they are telling you they have a trademark on F1 they are lying. They keep applying to courts and it keeps getting kicked out because all sorts of things are called F1 or formula one. They threaten all sorts of people but they have no legal power to enfrce it.

Rapierman
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Rapierman

But the court costs and costs of litigation alone is usually enough to burn the small fish.

Matthew Snyder
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Matthew Snyder

Copyright and trademark applies in areas when consumers might be confused by the similarity. A hotel chain called ‘F1’ isn’t necessarily going to immediately make people think of motor racing. A motor racing website with ‘Formula 1’ in its domain is a different kettle of fish.

To clarify my point below, FOM may well have a legitimate claim here, but in pursuing it all they really accomplish is spoiling the good will of a community of fans who are really only promoting the sport. And complaining about DRS. ;)

Matthew Snyder
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Matthew Snyder

I do IP law for a living, and have sent my share of C&D letters. Most times it’s an exercise in cutting off your nose to spite your face. Occasionally you have circumstances where a site is infringing your IP in a way that’s detrimental to your IP, but in this case it appears de minimis. (There’s some complimentary legalese for you)

Rapierman
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Rapierman

I’d say that it was better than ‘de minimus”: They’d actually benefit from the traffic we’re giving ’em. ;-)

Matthew Snyder
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Matthew Snyder

My suggested donain name is Bernieisashortsightednincompoop.com

MIE
Editor
MIE

PaulCharsleyIsFasterThanYou.com ?

GaryKPDX
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GaryKPDX

I like MotorSportGrid simply because the other sounds a little, hmm, juvenile. Anyway, I am not so sure this isn’t a good thing. You already cover multiple motor sports and I think Indycar is in an ascendency all of a sudden. Also, sorry to the naysayers but though I am a hardcore Formula 1 fan, some decent coverage of Foemula E would be great. There is very little cogent coverage that I can find other than promotion and respelwing press releases. Looks like it will be on US TV as well. There are so many F1 websites that are more… Read more »

Andreas
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Andreas

Of the two, RollingSpeed seems a little easier to remember – it took me slightly longer to dig up MotorSportGrid from memory, and I can see people like me hesitate whether it is with or without “s” at the end of “motorsport”. But both would work, if it came to that. Too bad negativecamber.com is already taken, though.

I feel very strongly that FOM/CVC should see the benefit of this and other F1-related sites (are they also receiving pressure?). But if they don’t want people talking about their product, maybe we should oblige. I wonder if WECblog.com is taken…?

andy
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andy

Simple. Everybody in the community knows your site as F1B. F1B just sounds so right as i have always described your site this way. (A lot easier when texting/twitting). Or have i missed something… If it has the letters F and 1in the title, they would still be moaning about it?

Stefan Bellof
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Stefan Bellof

How about “formerula1blog.com”? Or “DecorumAndCivility.com”? Or if you want to go a different direction, “FU-FOM.com”?

Regardless, “Boo, F1! Boo!” (sorry, Eddie!)