I’m putting my 6 year old son to bed and I say to him “Lewis” and then he replies “Hamilton”:-)
The conversation continues as follows:
My son: “Vettel!”
My son: “Alonso!”
Me: “Nico Hul-ken”
My son: “Berg!”
Me: “Nico Ros-”
My son: “Berg!”
Me: “Jenson B–”
My son “Utton! Button!”
Me: “Felipe Ma-”
My son “Massa!”
I do the same, mine 7 & 5. I rang the wife from Melbourne GP this year and could hear my lad in the background “DAD- have you seen Mark Webber yet!!??” Indeed I had done, sent through the photo and at that point realise I was not as pumped as he was – love it.
My daughter (almost 5) picks pretty well the top 10 drivers, and LOVES Dan, she has a photo of Ricciardo and her Mum in Suzuka and an autographed hat she wont wear- “TOO SPEACIAL” she says!!
Funny- my kids love F1 because of Dad, but my lad has taking a liking to AFL (for those that dont know Australian Football Leauge its like football (soccer) and American (NFL) combined- I played all my life but so into F1 pay NO attention and he knows all the players and more that I!!
My son got interested in F1 when I found in the attic old paper models of F1 cars that I used to make back in the 1980′s (Tyrrell P34, Ferrari 312T2 etc), we did a few races in our living room and then he watched the real thing. He fell in love with Red Bull, I do not hold it against him. But he is much more interested in dinosaurs, and standing next to a life sized T-Rex this summer I could see the attraction. I am not pushing it, we’ll see what happens.
I was invited into Formula 1 by my uncle. He was a big Williams fan at the time, and my love for red cars turned me a Ferrari fan. The first championship that I followed closely was 2003, I rooted for Schumi, he rooted for Montoya.