For me right now, it’s a bit easier being an F1Fanatic than most others as I still live with the family, parents and two brothers so spending has never really been a factor. But it’s all going to change over the next few months.
1) Do you spend some money on F1 or get along with what is available for free (websites, free-to-air TV coverage)?
I’ve posted it in one of the articles before, (the one with the announcement), but I’ll say it here since it’s relevant. About a year and a half ago, my family had to get rid of Sky because we couldn’t afford it anymore. The cancellation was down a certain circumstance and the effect is still being felt now. If the announcement had been made 2 years ago, then it wouldn’t have been that bad for me, but it’s happened now, at a really bad time financially for us. And I took the news pretty badly… I cried… twice…
Nevertheless, a lot can change in the next 7 months.
2) What kind of F1 related items do you usually buy and how often? Race tickets, magazines, books, model cars, teamwear, DVDs,…?
The last F1 related thing I bought was a Mark Webber T-Shirt at Silverstone 2010. I also have a few playstation F1 games (F1 97 is awesome), a few books, two video documentaries on Damon Hill and Eddie Irvine, a Kimi Raikkonen hat, a Ferrari shirt, a black T-Shirt simply with ‘West’ on it, a Hot Wheels MP4/17D Raikkonen model and a couple of Scalextric F1 cars.
Also, I’ve got a sizeable collection of F1 reviews dating back to 1989, looking forward to 2011 this Christmas ;)
3) Do you save money by refusing from something just to be able to spend it on F1 related stuff? I mean, do you buy less clothes, avoid eating out or do whatever else just because so there is more left for F1?
Well I tend to avoid spending money whenever possible, time for me to get a job. :P
4) Approximately how big part of your “entertainment budget” is spent on F1? One tenth, one third, one half?
We’ll find out next year. It’s definitely certain I won’t be getting Sky again, but for the races that aren’t shown live on the BBC…
a) I’ll just watch extended highlights on BBC and desperately try not to find out the result, it’ll be just like watching F3 on Motors TV again.
b) My girlfriend has Sky, I could watch the live races there.
c) My brother may be moving out soon and he says he might be getting Sky.
d) Might be illegal but this is how much I love F1… My dad has a satellite that can get quite a lot of global channels. Find one with live F1 and dub Radio 5 live over it.
or hidden option e) The BBC actually listens to F1 fans and take back full control ;)