A fan is born (sort of)

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I took my seven-year-old son, Ol­lie, to see his first live F1 at Sil­ver­stone for the Bri­tish GP qual­i­fy­ing. He was ex­cited to see what I’ve been spend­ing so much time watch­ing on TV since he’s been alive.

I saw my first race at Sil­ver­stone in 1992 and re­mem­ber lit­er­ally tak­ing a step back­wards as Michael Schu­macher turned in to Copse dur­ing 1998 qual­i­fy­ing. I thought Ol­lie would love it, too.

He spent qual­i­fy­ing rolling down the grass bank­ing be­hind Vale, so I as­sumed he’d not been bit­ten by the bug. We set off back to the car, but stopped by the start/fin­ish straight as the F2 cars were lin­ing up, and I con­vinced him to watch for a while. Once the cars started their engines, he said: “Wow!” We walked round to Abbey, and when we got there he asked if he could go and sit by the rail­ings to carry on watch­ing.

A few days later I asked what he thought of the day. He re­sponded: “The quiet cars were bor­ing, but the loud ones were bril­liant!” Dis­ap­point­ing for me and F1 that the spec­ta­cle is not as it was, but at least F1’s V6 hy­brid engines have cre­ated an­other F2 fan. Paul Everitt By email

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