I’m 52 and first started watching F1 during the Jackie Stewart / Tyrrell years and I supported Team Tyrrell, regardless of drivers, all the way through until 1998/99 when they became BAR – which eventually became Honda – which eventually became Brawn (all of whom I continued to support) – which eventually became Mercedes. And that’s where it stopped for me. Mercedes. I loathe Mercedes as a brand and always have – can’t give you a rational explanation for it so I won’t even try – but I cannot support Mercedes.
It was made easier for me to turn aside by them signing Schumi – who I also dislike because of his total disregard for fairplay when the stakes are high. So I’ve recently found myself supporting Caterham. It’s not been easy… but then I feel right at home; back in the wilderness years of 1984 to 1998 as a Tyrrell fan.