Now, those who know me will know that I am yet to attend an F1 race, many reasons for this, some cost (see Will Buxton‘s recent tweets on the price of Silverstone admission) and mainly because my usual race day set up consists of the photo below. Watching the race on TV, with live timing from the F1 Timing App on iPad, and (when possible) live feeds from the BBC Sport website of the on board channel and pit lane channel, so being at a race would mean missing out on all that information I take in over the course of a Grand Prix.
So as I am still waiting to attend a Formula 1 race, the discussion between Toby & Jules over the MotoGP weekend started making me feel a little nostalgic about F1 and trying to think back to my earliest memories of watching F1, which has been proving quite tricky.
I can easily recall watching races from the mid 90s, always being excited when the Monaco GP came around every year, and I can remember some specific races from that era. For example the 1994 Spanish GP when Michael Schumacher was stuck in 5th gear in his Benetton, being awake really early to watch the end of season flyaways in Japan & Australia in 1994/1995 too, as well as the 1995 British GP when Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher collided again.
Not only that, but seeing this FIA intro at the time which would mean the excitement of an upcoming race & the voice of F1, Murray Walker to explain it all.
Before that, it gets tricky to determine when my fascination with this sport began. I can clearly remember watching races in the early 90s with the Nigel Mansell red 5 Williams with the Camel sponsorship, and the red and white Marlboro liveried McLaren of that era. I’m sure my F1 viewing started before the 1992 season, but since that was over 20 years ago and I was only 8 in 1992, remembering before that is proving to be a stretch.
There is always one name and one image that I can always recall though, that is seeing the aforementioned Marlboro liveried McLaren with the distinctive yellow, green and blue helmet of Ayrton Senna. Of all the drivers from that era, Senna is the one name that I can always recall Murray Walker announcing and whenever I look back at my 20+ years of F1 viewing, I always consider myself first and foremost an Ayrton Senna fan.
I know ever since I have watched F1 I have always been intrigued by the technology, something that is still evident to those who know me today. Even now I have a relative who asks me about active suspension because I used to try and talk about that all the time during the years of the active ride cars.
So in my current state of nostalgia, I ask my readers to think back to their earliest F1 memories and share your stories, either via the comments or tweet me here. It would be nice to know what got you interested in this sport and your thoughts on Formula 1 and how it has changed in the time you have been viewing.