I think it’s always better to be honest, that way you can’t be caught out, luckily I have a good few friends who enjoy F1 so we often get a group of us together on a Sunday to watch the race (great in the summer with a BBQ on the go, reminds me of those perfect Sundays as a child watching the F1.)
Family usually know what I’m doing Saturdays and Sundays, so most of time stay in. If I have to go out for dinner I have to sit within view of TV. Although 2007 was last time I saw the end of season montage in our living room
I actually have never really watched F1 alone at home. I’m always watching out in the pub with mates; or just with the normal crowd. There’s something about the surroundings – being immersed with all F1 fans, that really gets to me.
And it all came together in Abu Dhabi 2010 – a mate and I were rooting for Vettel; and when we reached the pub half the place was wearing McLaren shirts, half were in red, and two Aussie blokes were at the bar. The whole room went silent as Vettel crossed the line, and they all waited on where Alonso would finish. Then they all never spoke up again; while my mate and I burst screaming.
My girlfriend is always kept up to speed (excuse the pun) on the F1 calendar and she knows she won’t get much out of me on a Grand Prix Sunday, one of the reasons I love her so! If my mum rings me on a weekend she always starts a conversation with “I’m not interrupting F1 am I?!”, bless her!
I think everyone else gets the idea off my constant Twitter and Facebook updates.
I find that you can do the look if someone is talking, and since getting sky earlier this year i love pausing and looking in a way of, “i am watching this, i do not interupt you when you are watching One Born Every Minute so please do not interupt me”. Plus i have got my wife and her mother into F1 over the past year so there are no phone calls on a sunday afternoon to interupt the races!