I have to admit I have been watching Formula One racing only for the last 4 years. Actually only when Lewis Hamilton emerged in the series in 2007. During the mid-1990s I tried watching but was just bored to tears of the endless processions of cars and constantly hearing Michael Schumacher declared as the winner. I thought, screw that I'll just follow some other sports.
Now, especially the beginning of the 2010 season, F1 has become immensely exciting due to the emergence of three contending teams at the top (Red Bull, Ferrari, and McLaren) and most of all the unpredictability in the driver championships with a possibility of a five-way battle to the top (Hamilton, Alonso, Button, Vettel, Webber).
Normally I would get really excited and be trawling the F1 forums whenever my favourite driver (Hammy) is involved. Knowing how aggressive he is in the car controversy seems to always follow him. Surprisingly, the just concluded German Grand Prix in Hockenheim produced no less than a furore about the apparent team orders to Massa to let Alonso pass. The blatant way that this was executed really incensed a lot of the fans including myself.
I've read more than a dozen articles about this brouhaha but the best one that I believe analysed it well and most reflects my stand is Joe Saward's Blog.
Maybe I should start watching Moto GP or GP2 or Touring car races.