Debate: When did you start watching F1?

We all had start somewhere – so how did you first start following Formula 1?

The first race I saw – on television, not live – was the 1989 British Grand Prix. Nigel Mansell, then in a Ferrari, lost buckets of time with a puncture and then went on one of his classic charges trying to catch Alain Prost’s McLaren.

But what really fired me up about F1 was the next race I saw. I missed the German Grand Prix but saw the Hungarian race – an epic round won by Mansell from 12th on the grid. It culminated in Mansell’s magnificent pass on Ayrton Senna as they rounded a lapped Stefan Johansson.

Not surprisingly, I became a devoted Mansell fan.

So why, and when, did you first get excited about Grand Prix racing?

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37 comments on Debate: When did you start watching F1?

  1. I was gripped by ‘Hmailton fever’ in 2007 and watched some races on and off – since the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix, I’ve watched every race (not live because I fell asleep during Australia this year):D

  2. Prometheus said on 17th June 2009, 18:27

    I remember getting up with my father at 4 am to watch the 1994 season finale at Adelaide. I was eight years old by that time and maybe I did watch an occasional race before that, but it’s the first one I can remember. Being from Germany that race was, of course, really special… many years later I realized that it was Mansell’s last victory which is a funny coincident as I today name him one of my favorite drivers having watched a lot of old race footage from the 80s, early 90s and his IndyCar year(s).

  3. rampers said on 17th June 2009, 18:38

    My first recllection of F1 was back in 1975 with the likes of James Hunt, Fittipaldi, Scheckter and Lauda to name but a few of the billiant F1 drivers that have walked this imortal coil. At first i couldn’t quite understand why these cars were racing around a track and couldn’t quite get the point, but as i sat and watched i was messmerized and hooked from that day onwards, it was a ritual that the grand prix was on as we were sat eating out sunday roast, nothing has changed really, still watch the race every weekend without fail and still enjoy every last second, just don’t bother with the roast anymore when it’s race day, i can’t concentrate on both..

  4. paul b said on 18th June 2009, 0:02

    I started following Formula 1 in 1970 and remember reading about Jochen Rindt’s death in practice at Monza. I have been able to attend the following races in Europe and the US.
    1971 Hockenheim non-championship race won by Jacky Ickx
    1976 Nurburgring won by James Hunt
    1984 Dallas won by Keke Rosberg
    2004 Indianapolis won by Michael Schumacher
    2005 Indianapolis won by Michael Schumacher
    2006 Indianapolis won by Michael Schumacher
    2007 Indianapolis won by Lewis Hamilton
    I have been watching every practice, qualifying, and race since it has been on television in the 1980’s.

  5. Jim U'Ren said on 17th October 2009, 3:24

    My first F1 race was the ABC Wide World of Sport coverage of an early ’60s Belgian GP with a mixture of roadster and rear-engine cars that I watched on a 9″ black and white portable TV – – a stark contrast to watching this weekend’s GP on a 55″ flat screen. (yes, I’m an old fossil who still likes F1 :-).

  6. roddy15 said on 28th March 2010, 21:30

    Started watching when I was 3 with my dad. Was Michael Schumacher fan. Once Alsono was with Reaunlt I went with him for 05-07. When Hamilton was going to Mclaren team from GP2 I knew he would be great. Still following hamilton 07-.

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