You have no idea who I am but I know very well who You are. I´ve been a passionate Formula 1 fan for 20 years now. Actually it was You, who made me fall in love with Formula 1 in the first place! Quite ironically it was the Imola GP in 1994, which was the very first Formula 1 race that I watched. I couldn´t have picked any more dramatic and tragic race to start watching F1! But You were my idol and hero right from the beginning. I was 16 years old back then and You have no idea what an influence You had in this teenager´s life!
I´ve so many wonderful memories of those years! I went to secondary high school when my Formula 1 passion started and I remember writing foolish essays about You for my English class ;) But I guess being a passionate fan of a celebrity or a sportsman is kind of a very normal thing in a teenager´s life and I was getting straight A´s for those essays (though I guess it was more because of my correct grammar than my Formula 1 related fantasy stories, hahaha!)
One of my dearest memories is my birthday when I turned 17 in 1994. My sister gave me the most perfect birthday present I could ever have hoped for: the photo of You where You´ve written "Happy birthday" and Your autograph. You´ve written something else on the photo as well but I´ve never been able to read Your hand writing, hahaha! This photo means the world to me. At that time I had absolutely no idea that there were 7 world championship titles to come later!
|This photo I got for my 17th birthday!|
|The photo is from the karting circuit in Kerpen, Germany.|
When I started dating my husband back in 1997 we shared the passion for Formula 1 but we didn´t happen to support the same driver! That´s why it was only natural that when we got married in August 1999 we had two Formula 1 cars made of sugar on top of our wedding cake: Your Ferrari and the McLaren of Your arch enemy Häkkinen! The Formula 1 decoration was highly admired at the wedding. I guess many of the guests considered us a bit nuts, I mean not many might consider it very romantic to have Formula 1 cars on top of your wedding cake, haha! But our wedding couldn´t possibly have been celebrated in any more perfect way!
|Schumi´s Ferrari & Häkkinen´s McLaren made of sugar.|