Going to the 2006 question:
Italy – I was sure coming in that Schumi was going to retire, so I really wanted him to win the title that year. And he delivered in style. Alonso’s engine blowup was a HUGE bonus, ensuring that the title would stay close to the end. During the presscon announcement, I just stayed quiet. Very quiet. I expected him to say what he did, but it still felt very odd when he actually did.
China – With the tough qualifying and Alonso’s mega first stint, I wasn’t expecting much for Schumi. But when Alonso messed up his tyre choice (by choice or by force, it doesn’t matter now), I started getting rather excited at Schumi slashed the gap to Alonso ahead. And that pass on Fisichella at Turn 1 after the final stops – two wheels on the grass! Wow. Just as well my girlfriend (now fiancee) was beside me to calm me down when I got too excited.
Japan – The total opposite of China. Expected much with Schumi romping away in the first stint, but the engine failure just gutted me. Even now, I find it rather hard to watch.
Brazil – Given the points gap, I was just hoping Schumi could win (or at least be on the podium). He came up short, but that comeback (20th to 4th, right?) was just stunning. And just like 2008, I woke up a few people in the house after Schumi passed Kimi (fresh from having a sh*t, as he told Martin Brundle) and I whooped it up.
So there! 2006 was quite a rollercoaster year. Slightly disappointing, but good overall nonetheless.