I started watching F1 at a very young age in about 1989 and became a Senna supporter after the very first race I watched – even from one race he just seemed more exciting than any of the other drivers.
I hated Prost, he seemed to have a holier-than-thou attitude but was really manipulative behind the scenes, swapping cars with Mansell without him knowing and blocking Senna from joining Williams.
Then in public he would pretend to be a good sport and a gentleman.
After Senna died I started supporting Schumacher and have done so ever since.
I still remember the first time I saw Schumi race, I knew right away that he would be the next best thing.
I had the same feeling with Raikkonen, he amazed me at Sauber and I thought he would be the guy to take over the mantle from Schumi one day and be the one I support.
I have to say he let me down a lot, I don’t think he’s lived up to a tenth of his potential.
I’m glad he’s back though and he’ll be 2nd on my list.
Although Vettel seems like a very likeable chap, I don’t know why I can’t bring myself to support him, I think it’s because I don’t like the team he races for and so I often find myself cheering on Alonso, Hamilton, Button or anyone who’s in a position to beat him.
It seems a bit strange because Hamilton seems like quite a prick and I don’t like his attitude, the way he talks like a schoolboy and how he seems to show no respect towards other drivers, (including Schumacher, who’s achieved far more than him) whereas I do like Vettel yet I often find myself cheering for Hamilton over Vettel.
I think it also has something to do with me ignoring everything personal about a driver and just focusing on their skill and at this point (and perhaps until Vettel has proved himself in a car that isn’t dominant) I feel that Hamilton is an incredible talent and more skilled than Vettel.