My earliest memories of Formula One feature Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi, so I guess it must have been 1981. I also remember that some time later, a dark cloud passed over the paddock with the death of the likable Canadian. What I didn’t realize back then is that Villeneuve would still be considered one of the all-time greats 30 years later.
The next years could be known as the McLaren years, as the red and white cars dominated the field, with Williams as their sole real competitor. Two great drivers marked the decade with their rivalry, spotted with epic battles and unfortunately some politics. When Alain Prost retired, it left an empty space in my perception of Formula One.
But the greater loss came a few months later, and to this day I feel a deep sadness when thinking about the passing of Ayrton Senna. I don’t need to say much about him. He will live forever in the minds of motor sports fans aroud the world.
The world of racing lost a good deal of interest then, dominated by Schumacher with only short interruptions courtesy of the “sons of” (Hill, Villeneuve) and “the Mika”. Fernando Alonso took two championships and I was still watching Formula One with zeal, but not much enthusiasm. The party took place in the lower series, especially the newly-formed GP2. Luckily some of those young guns soon entered the highest level and began messing up the established drivers. It is no wonder the record for youngest world champion was beaten twice in the past two years.
So here I am, 30 years after first watching those mad men in their crazy cars, still hooked and gathering information about Formula One, its drivers, teams, sponsors, feeder series and whatever else touches the pinnacle of motor sport.
The thoughts fueled and provoked by this information and the love of motorsport are now being published here. I hope you enjoy them and find food for your own thoughts. If so, please comment with your opinions and feedbacks.