I started watching in 92-93. Was only 5 or 6 at the time, and being in Australia (before the calendar moved east in the 00s) was not many races I could watch without staying up to 10:30-11 – as the races were shown on delay after the Sunday night movie – so didn’t see much other than the Japanese and Aussie GPs in the early years.
My dad took me to Fri & Sat at Adelaide in ’93 and ’95 – watched the race from a friend’s place – impressions were the cars were friggin loud!
Slowly began watching more races as bed-times got later (particularly school holidays) to the point in 2002ish where I watched most races but didn’t follow any of the background. Went to the race in Melbourne a few times.
Continued on in a similar manner watching almost all races until 2008 when I became a fanatic, began watching more quali sessions, and reading websites in between races and being heavily involved in what was happening not just on race-day.
Since becoming a fanatic have only been to the ’11 & ’12 Melbourne races as prior to that was a poor student and couldn’t afford a ticket.
So would say 92-02 Casual fan, 02-08 – regular fan, 08- fanatic