Brits on Pole is a site for fans of British drivers in all the major forms of open-wheel motor racing worldwide. We’re here to cheer on the Brits and remember the legends in F1, GP2, Superleague, IndyCar and more.
That means plenty on Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, of course, but we’re by no means only about the glamorous world of F1.
We like to keep up with the veterans who moved on, such as David Coulthard and Anthony Davidson, both now gainfully employed at the BBC.
We also keep an eye on the future stars of the F1 feeder series GP2 and, across the pond, there’s the Indy Racing League, home of the Indianapolis 500 and the place where Scotland’s Dario Franchitti has won the last two championships, making him arguably the most successful British driver of his generation.
Who are we? Two professional writers, Andy and LJH, who started this site in August 2007 thinking it would be an interesting and fun pastime – and have seen it threaten to turn into a full-time undertaking. During the 2010 season we had to accept that the site had grown far beyond what two people could manage while still earning a living and we scaled back. But the site lives on as a resource for anyone keen on British racing achievements.
Why only open-wheel racing? Because there’s only so much ground two people can cover, and we had to draw the line somewhere. But we try to keep an eye open for what’s happening elsewhere in motorsport too, whether it’s the thrills and spills of the British Touring Car Championship, Allan McNish or Paul Drayson in the 24 Hours of Le Mans or the multitude of Brits driving for Audi or Mercedes in DTM.
Which drivers do we cover? The British ones, obviously, but deciding who counts is not always as easy a question to answer as it ought to be.
Of course, we report on anyone who drives under the Union Flag – even if they’ve abandoned these shores for the life of a tax exile, or have been in the US so long they’ve started to speak with a funny accent (that’s you, Mr Wheldon!).
But, after some thought, we also extended the definition a little in the face of the late World Cup of Motorsport, A1GP. If a driver grew up here – if the mates they went to school with are still here – we figure there are probably readers who want to know about them. Which is why we cover the careers of drivers like Northern Ireland’s Adam Carroll and Pakistan’s Adam Khan, who hails from Bridlington in Yorkshire.
With Hamilton’s 2008 world championship win and Button’s 2009 fairytale drive to the top of the standings with Brawn GP, motorsport is right in the public eye at the moment – even though we may not have the luxury of a British champion for a third year running. We’re here to celebrate that, but not just that.
From legends like Stirling Moss and Jim Clark, to stars of the future like Pippa Mann and Alex Lloyd, there has always been a Brit on pole somewhere.
And long may it continue.
• We are editorially independent and do not speak on behalf of any team, driver or series. However Brits on Pole’s parent company is Onlineability, an online communications agency that works with some British drivers and teams on web projects and sponsorship. At present these include Sam Bird and Duncan Tappy.