Formula 1 to Me
I grew up watching the animated picture Cars and I think I might have watched that movie over 100 times in my childhood. Even as a child, I paid attention to the racing and the cars and I would get so into the competition in the movie. Later on, I started playing with Hot Wheels, which is probably my favorite toy that I ever had as a child. I collected easily over 50 hot wheels and I would play with my brother and race them. We would set up their tracks and create new ones so that we could race the cars, we might even occasionally bet things such as who would get to pick the movie that night.
A few years have passed, yet I am still watching anything that has to do with cars. I was watching my Monster Truck CD and I remember my mom took me to one of the events for Monster Trucks and I absolutely loved it. I still remember the smells of the arena and the cold stone seats. I remember going into a bar one day with my dad and my siblings to get a bite to eat and an orange Fanta, and as I walked in I looked up at the TV hanging from the ceiling in the far corner of the bar and I saw these weird-looking cars zipping around a circuit. I didn't quite know what it was, but even though I knew it was dangerous, it entertained me and I just stared at the screen while sipping my Fanta. I didn't fall in love with it because I didn't know what it was, but I do know that when we went back the next time, there it was again, yet this time they weren't the weird cars, they were motorcycles, but there were so many of them. I didn't know that it was Formula 1 and MotoGP at the time, but looking back at it now it makes me smile as I now have refound this passion of cars and racing, and I still stare at the TV screen the same way I did when I walked into that bar.
It had been a month and a half of quarantine already, and I had already watched so many of the Netflix shows, so I was browsing through the recommended section when I saw the movie 'Rush'. This famous movie is one of the all-time greatest when it comes to Formula 1 due to the way it illustrates the competition between Nikki Lauda and James Hunt as well as the excitement of the F1 world. I had already seen the movie years back and loved it, but it felt different this time as I paid more attention to the actual cars and the speed they would go at. After I finished the movie, I remember looking up F1 on the search bar and seeing a show filmed by Netflix about Formula 1, so I decided to try it. With my brother sitting next to me on the couch, we finished both Season 1 and 2 of Drive to Survive in just 2 days, and we completely fell in love with it. I instantly did research on some of these big names that I was learning of such as Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, and Sebastian Vettel. I followed the F1 Instagram page and downloaded the F1 app instantly and read all I could about everything. Of course, at the time there were no races due to COVID but I watched highlights nonstop and learned about each of the teams and their drivers.
The Formula 1 season is back and I was about to explode with excitement as that Sunday got closer and closer. The first race was in Austria and had already read everything about the previous seasons and races there. That race left me in awe, I didn't care that it was an hour and a half long, I watched the whole thing start to end and loved every second of it. From that day on, I decided to watch every single race of the season ahead. I've kept my word so far, watching every single second of each race this season, and I have no regrets.
October 2020 (Present)
F1 is now more than a hobby to me, it's a passion and it has become a part of my everyday life. Instead of reading and watching global news, I read and watch the news, but only about Formula 1. I spend 30 minutes to an hour every day reading about news or looking at highlight videos on youtube. I decided to create a blog about F1 after my brother and my dad had suggested it a few weeks ago. I instantly said no, but after thinking about it more I decided that it would be a great way to talk about the things I know, and a way to involve other people, it has become a way to share my passion with others.
I'm a junior in high school, and I find that when I'm stressed about an assignment or anything, F1 has become a way of relief. A lot of people I know think that Formula 1 is just another interest that will pass in a few months but I can't stress enough the importance and weight that F1 has had on my life as it has become a way of finding relief or happiness on a day to day basis as well as being a form of entertainment.