This week's issue of the autosport.com journal, the last of 2008, will also be the final weekly journal. As of next week, autosport.com will publish features on a daily basis, allowing us to provide even more premium content to our subscribers on a more timely fashion - and in a manner more befitting the Internet medium.
The editor of autosport.com Simon Strang kindly asked me to write a few parting words for the weekly journal - although I certainly wasn't the one who founded it, almost 15 years ago. Paul Kaizar, Dr William Doolittle and Dr Robert Balling get the credit for that. For nine years, from 1998 to 2007, I was its editor, and have stuck to a format that I knew was growing more and more anachronistic because of tradition and because it was right, at the time, for Atlas F1 and later autosport.com.
Nowadays, it makes no sense to publish 8 or 10 features online once a week, when you can publish one or two every day. It's been a recurring theme in our subscribers' feedback, and we are now heeding to those requests.
Make no mistake, this does not mean less value for your subscription, quite the contrary. It also does not mean you won't have technical reviews, stats, race analysis or other recurring columns that you have grown used to reading every week. And for those who still wish to download the week's tally of all features in PDF format, that option will remain available - as will the weekly newsletter update, which will offer a round-up of all the past seven-days' features published.