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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:06 am 
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Just out of curiosity, how long have you been watching F1?

Me, from the late nineties. Back then I knew nothing about F1 and I remember the only reason I was supporting Benetton (Alesi-Berger) just because I liked their livery. :]

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:15 am 
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I was born the weekend Hunt became champion and grew up in a racing household, the first title I remember was Rosberg's in 82 when I was about 6. Since my old man stopped racing in the mid 80's I've probably missed about half a dozen GP's.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:22 am 
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I was aware of F1 in the 70s but can't remember watching. I did watch from time to time in the 80s but really became hooked watching Mansell and became an avid viewer from the start of the 90s onwards.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:29 am 
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1996

16 years and I'm still a relative newbie

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:34 am 
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Watched here and there while I was in high school, at first I thought it was boring cause MSC kept winning, so I gave up on it. But I gave it another chance in mid 07' before I went to college and i've been an addict ever since :]


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:38 am 
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My first F1 memory is of Mansell/Senna at Monaco '92. Just before my 8th birthday


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:39 am 
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I was born on the Saturday of the 1994 Hungarian GP. Been watching ever since. Became a bit of a fanatic since 2010 though.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:41 am 
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there was a thread like this before, but it disappeared. good to have it back!

1992 - first time race was shown on TV in country I lived and I was hooked immediately.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:44 am 
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Born in 1982, I was watching races from 1986 onwards and I have some vague recollections of it. My dad being quite the fanatic in those days, I watched with him from early on.
I have been watching ever since, except after Senna died I didn't watch for about half a season. His death really got to me.


Haven't missed too much races, my wife knows I don't want to miss it. Sunday planning is subject to F1 race time :)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:47 am 
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Since 2005.... My brother is a huge fan and he introduced me to f1.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:53 am 
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Born in 1989 - started watching in 1996 on the off-chance as I don't think my parents were that bothered by it. By 1998 I used to have tantrums if my parents wanted us to go out on a Sunday and it meant missing the race!

My first memory is seeing Pedro Diniz's Ligier spectacularly catch fire in Buenos Aires I think it was?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:57 am 
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My first race, 2008 turkey, hooked on Lewis's drive and fan of him ever since. Born in 89 too.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:13 am 
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Since 2002, my older brother got me into it and my first race was staying up till 3am to watch the Australian Grand Prix. Perfect first race for a newbie: big crashes, a great battle for the lead and an underdog scoring points. Been hooked ever since

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:13 am 
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Late eighties. The first race I saw completely was Estoril (Portugal) 1989. I remember how Berger got a great start passing pole sitter Senna. Mansell past Senna than Berger. Mansell drove too far when doing his pitstop driving backwards which was not allowed. After pitstops from the top 3 Martini in his Minardi led the race for 1 lap. That was the only time a Minardi led an F1 race. Berger took the lead again with Senna and Mansell chasing him. Mansell got the black flag which he ignored 3 times. In an attempt to pass Senna, Mansell collided with the Brazilian. Race was over for both. Mansell was banned for the next race in Spain. Berger won his first (and only) race of the season, it was only his second finish that season. Prost having problems early in the race finished second. The surprise was Stefan Johansson finishing third for the Onyx team often struggling to qualify. This was largely thanks to both Williams cars of Boutsen and Patrese retiring towards the end of the race (they were chasing him hard and at 1 point Patrese got ahead of Johansson). Martini eventually finished fifth driving too long on his first set of tires behind Nannini (Benetton) and ahead of Palmer (Tyrrell). Nakajima for Lotus finished just outside the points.

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British GP 1993.


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I started watching F1 out of curiosity after the day Senna died. I dont think Racing in my country was given a second thought then. That incident was like a 1 min segment on the local news 1st time ever. But that was enough to hook me on. Willaims was dominating but Schumacher had won in his Benetton that year.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:16 am 
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Late 80's. Not 100% sure when I started watching but I remember Mansell in the pitlane of Portugal in the Ferrari and the throwing of gloves into the crowd episode.

'92 would have been the first season I sat and watched every race. I remember going water skiing in the Morning, watching the British GP from the awning of the caravan with a BBQ then back out to the water :lol: :lol:

Only race I missed until about 2000, I went away with a church youth club. Despite being promised we would be able to watch the race (It was one of the early starts) they decided nope we weren't allowed too. Funny feeling it was Japan '96. Needless to say I wasn't too happy and let them know.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:20 am 
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I had a favorite uncle who raced and I sort of followed him around. Some of his events were at the same venue as th F1, so I saw them without realising. Dont know which, but some time during the 60's probably at Silverstone. Got 'into' F1 gradually, probably mid 70's before I watched it for its own sake as I was more into bikes.

I remember Clark, Surtees, Graham Hill, Moss etc racing but I think the first time I was a 'fan' was Jackie Stewart. I remember the Tyrrells with fondness and sort of became a fan of them by osmosis. From this time on F1 started to be on TV and there was coverage in the press and dedicated monthlies, and it sort of took off when TV went to colour.

So the answer? I dont know. I saw them, but just because I was there. :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:23 am 
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Born in 87, been watching since then as my Dad watched it every weekend it was on, so I just generally grew up with it. There's no moment I remember as starting up, I just grew into the sport, which was nice.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:29 am 
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jammin78 wrote:
Born in 87, been watching since then as my Dad watched it every weekend it was on, so I just generally grew up with it. There's no moment I remember as starting up, I just grew into the sport, which was nice.

Yeah exactly :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:39 am 
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Think it was back in 86 when Stefan Johansson was driving.. Started watching every race in early 90's when it was on Eurosport I think it was..

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:42 am 
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'99 or '00. I was born in 1993 so I was bit too young for Häkkinen's championchip, even though I have some memories of Schumacher's crash in Silverstone.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:45 am 
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I was born in '93, I remember slight memories of watching F1 with my (Sadly now passed away) Dad late 90's early 00's. Since then I lost interest, then late 09' I rediscovered F1 and have been quite an anorak ever since :)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:47 am 
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Born 1991. Mum used to plop me down in front of the race on Sundays to keep me quiet enough for a couple of hours so she could do the house chores. :lol: That was around late 1992/early 1993. First memory is seeing Schumacher run around in a light blue Benetton. My mum says one of my first words was an attempt at Schumacher that came out more like "schueeee". So yeah, Schuey. But I dunno if I believe her...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:27 pm 
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Since 2011. I watched a little bit of F1 during the Schumacher domination days, but was never interested in it. Then one day F1 crossed my mind and I watched the Malaysian Grand Prix. I kept watching but the races seemed pretty boring until Canada 2011 won me over.

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Although I vaguely remember motor racing since the late sixties, I specifically follow the F1 WDC since the Spanish GP of 1972. Fittipladi won, with the Lotus 72. I was born in 1961.

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bahrain 2010 - yeah that is a good sport , better follow it
Australlia 2010 - "chocolate fudge cake , I WONT MISS A MOMENT AGAIN OF THIS MADNESS"

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:17 pm 
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...born in '76 (the year of James Hunt, maybe that's why i like Kimi so much!?) but didnt get into F1 until the mid-90s with Senna/ Prost/ Alesi/ Burger and the new-kid-on-the-block, a certain fellow named Michael.

honestly, i dont remember the first race i watched, or even the first season i followed, it just grew on me and has become almost an obsession. since the late 90' of Hakkinen/ Schumacher, i've probably missed only a handful of races and have been to Spa (2010) and the Nurburgring (2011) both of which, interestingly, were won by Lewis Hamilton...

oh, and i'm a tifoso who couldnt believe my eyes/ ears when Ferrari signed Alonso (definitely not one of my favourites!). so in 2012, i cheered for Felipe and Kimi above all and loved to see the return of the "old" Lewis...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:25 pm 
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Pretty much all my life. I was obsessed with cars when I was little, which translated into F1 being put on the TV for me even though neither of my parents particularly cared for it. One of my earliest memories is watching a race and being fascinated by the helicopter camera, making the cars look like little toys, and the dull "mmmmmmmmmm" noise the helicopter made. That would've been the late '80s. I don't recall a time I haven't been watching F1, or specifically when I started to really understand and appreciate what was going on. Probably been watching for over 20 years now, though, which seems utterly absurd.

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I think either Spain or USA 2002 was the first race I watched (I just remember a right-left sequence being the first 2 turns). I started following properly in 2003 and standout races that year such as Silverstone and Interlagos got me completely hooked. :)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:28 pm 
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about 25 years watching F1 with interest, before only ramdomly

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:31 pm 
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for me twas something like around 88-89 i start watching, my uncle got me in to it. then i was mad on it from about mid 90's era. :-)
cant remember missing a race from then on..


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I've commented on a thread like this before, and I got a bit of banter because the first race I (kinda) watched was the Canadian Grand Prix in 2010.. before I fell asleep half way through. For whatever reason I was excited for Valencia, which was the following race, and despite the fact that the driver I was supporting (Mark Webber) had his big crash, I just even more excited then for Silverstone, counting down the days.. and apparently for good reason too. That was back when I was 16 (18 now). I used to play an F1 game when I was about 5 or 6 on the Super Nintendo.. a Nigel Mansell game I believe. Then my Dad tried to get me into Formula One when I was about 11, of which I refuted and preferred V8 Supercars at the time. I remember three other occasions where my Dad was watching Formula One at night. There was Singapore of 2009, where I thought the track looked very cool and asked who was winning, so my Dad told me Hamilton was leading and that Button was leading the championship. I also remember my Dad going absolutely nuts when Mark won in Germany, and he went nuts even more when Vettel and Webber had their crash at Turkey in 2010.

Year 11 and 12 at school was fun because people knew me as the guy that was insanely obsessed with Formula One. I remember how impressed I was in a class once when I found an onboard video on the computer of Schumacher's onboard start at Spa of 2011, overtaking so many cars. I had about 10 people standing around the computer watching in awe.

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I was born in 1981, and I did find some audiotapes of me as a kid where I was running around yelling "I'm Senna brrrrmmm, brrrmmm".
I vaguely recall Senna and Prost collide during the 1990 Japanse GP, but my first real GP year was 1994. Never missed a race since then.

Although Senna has always been my all time hero, I kinda grew up as a active F1 racer witnessing the whole Schumi era. So a good year to come and I'll be watching F1 for 20 years. How time flies....

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:50 pm 
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Early 80s when Rosberg won his title.
I saw few races before, among the one when Ronnie Peterson died. I was a small kid and was pretty horrified about the crash.

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Started watching in 1994. I was 11. Quite an indoctrination huh? I didnt know much about that Senna fellow at the time. Just knew he was a good racer and his death was very tragic. San Marino was the second race I ever watched. I didnt watch much in college becuase I was sleeping off parties from the night before but havent missed a race broadcast in the last five years.


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95' was my first season

Damon hill fan, then moved to Mika, and then the Kimster!!!


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I remember watching races through the 70's and 80's but wasn't really taking it in too much until 1988. Since then I've only really missed a couple of seasons during Schumi's domination due to work/family commitments.

It still seems like five minutes ago to me since I was watching Mansell getting mobbed at Silverstone in 1992 - time really does fly!


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Born in 92, started watching F1 in 96, Finnish family so Häkkinen was the big deal.
Parents said they were amazed at the level of concentration I could uphold during a GP for a kid so young (knew all the drivers by helmets after a few seasons). Had the luck of attending a race at the A1 ring where Häkkinen won.
Parents no longer follow F1 but I still do. Interest waned when Kimi left but since he's back, haven't missed a race!


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I started following F1 as a young man in India in 1975 during Niki Lauda's winning run to the Drivers' Championship. We had no TV back then and so it was mainly through newspaper and magazine coverage.

I came to the UK in January 1985 and started following it on live TV since that year's season.

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