Happy Birthday Driver Database!
Today is a big day. It’s Driver Database’s birthday. The website has now turned six years old!
It all started in early 2004 when I was doing a little research during the F1 silly season. I found it hard to get all the information I wanted from one (or in some cases even from several sites). Formula 1 results wasn’t hard to find, but earlier career statistics was a bit more difficult to find and the driver’s own web pages obviously forgets about those years where there were no good results.
I tried to get some tips about good web pages over at the Swedish Formula 1 forum F1BB.com (now F1BB.se), but there really wasn’t anything that came close to what I was looking for. I then asked “if there’s no site like this, why not create one?” and got very pessimistic answers about the amount of work involved, can’t be done etc… Those responses obviously made me more motivated to start the website. I registered the domain name driverdb.com on the 20th of February 2004, as a little tribute to hockeydb.com which sort of was the main inspiration at that point.
In retrospect I should have listened to the pessimists – it really was way too much work.
The first decent working version of Driver Database wasn’t really up and running until 2005 or something, but work began right away.
Here’s the first image of what Driver Database looked like in early 2004. It was just an ugly mock-up basically, complete with phony driver names.
We’ve come a long way.
Driver Database was never really meant to be my number one project. At this time I had just started developing a massively multiplayer racing management game. The backbone of Driver Database was then going to be used for driver statistics in the game and non-player characters would be randomly created from real world data. The management game was quickly put on ice though, a very basic version still exists on my hard drive somewhere.