A new look for F1
You may have noticed we've made some changes to the BBC Sport website. We're going through a bit of an early spring clean to get things in shape for what promises to be an exciting few months of sport.
The reason for these changes is that in three weeks time Formula One returns to BBC screens for the first time in 12 years.
It's a fantastic opportunity to do something different and take our coverage to new heights. There will be more to say on this in the coming days when we'll return to this blog to run through our editorial plans for the up-coming F1 season on TV, radio and online.
But before then I thought it was worth outlining a couple of the more structural changes we have already made to the website.
The main thing to point out is that we have created a new F1 section.
It fits within the overall BBC Sport website - although you may have spotted that it now has a new slot on the navigation on the left-hand side of the front page, where it sits below Football to reflect how much of a priority sport it has become for the BBC.
And if you click on the Formula One link you will see that the F1 homepage looks different. In short, it's black.
Apart from the black background, there's the countdown clock at the top of the page, the stripes of colour behind our headings, and the F1 logo at the bottom of the page: all of these are new to the BBC Sport site.
Our web designers have been working to a brief to create a new look-and-feel for F1 which would both reflect our TV coverage, while also remaining a core component of the wider website.
I think they've done a great job and have come up with an approach that takes on this key sport while at the same time keeping it rooted within the rest of our web offering. So the homepage and other elements of the F1 output will have this trademark black look, but the main content will have the normal white background.
It's worth a short word on why we've chosen to do it this way.
Our approach to the development of BBC Sport online has always been one of evolution.
The feedback we get is that the website generally works and that people can find their way around it - so we try not to suddenly switch everything around for the sake of it. But at the same time we have to avoid complacency.
The whole point about 'new media' is that it changes all the time, so we need to keep pushing the boundaries we what we do.
In essence we need to find the balance between retaining the best of the old while responding to new challenges as they come along.
The last time we did this was around a year ago when we widened the pages of the BBC Sport website and gave more prominence to our audio-video content.
It's fair to say there was a fair amount of feedback at the time on this blog. Hopefully, 12 months on, the dust has settled from that particular transformation and I am convinced the site is in a much better state than it was then.
We'll be back here to explain more about what's on offer in due course...