F1 Fan Preparation: The Drivers Are Ready...What About You?

Ann GryCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 13:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes signs autographs for fans during previews for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 13, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The VIP seats on my couch are reserved. The TV for this weekend is banned for anyone but me.

Just so you know, it wasn’t easy, I had to skip all Ugly Betty episodes from this year to make this deal with my family. The days on my calendar are crossed every day, getting closer and closer to March 27 (Friday practice).

BBC Sport works properly but I found five live streaming sites on the Internet. You know, in case of a war or magic absence of plasma.

So don’t mess with me. I have brand new Ferrari T-Shirt and I’m not afraid of using it. As a gag for those who will be stupid enough to jam the sound of engines.

No, I don’t have anger issues. Like all F1 fanatics, I’m waiting for the start of Australian GP.

And it’s driving me crazy, even more than last seven times before the first race of the season. Is it because of the new rules?

They say that this is the biggest revolution in new regulations. It’s not anymore about Ferrari or McLaren on top question or what other team will have a couple of podiums. Drivers like Glock, Button and Barrichello are hungry for wins and their times from testing say that impossible is nothing.

Or maybe is it because of McLaren MP4-24 is having problems, and even Mr. Sunshine, aka Lewis Hamilton, said it is “not in the best position.”

Or maybe because we all tired of this “blah blah blah” and want to see the real pace of Brawn GP, the come back of good old Kimi and proof of Nelson P Jr. talent? Well, and Spanish grid boys, of course.

I just can’t wait to see F1 cars parked in the garages, dozens of mechanics with head-phones around them and drivers checking the times on flat screens. We all have so many questions.

Who’s going to loose the title because of his own mistakes, and who’s because of his team’s? Are we’re going to have a race like last Brazilian GP? Is my countryman going to make inappropriate comments about his team again and will my favorite driver repeat the success of 2007 season?

I’m not going to write my predictions. I did it last year and almost had emotional breakdown after Valencia, Spa, Monza and Singapore races.

So the teams are ready, the drivers are ready and the big question is...Are you ready? Especially those fans who live in Europe. To see the first practice we need to get up at 2.30 a.m. Or in my case stay up until then. Those who have tickets for Oz are lucky. I have to wait for the summer.

OK, I’m quiet now. We’ll all meet this weekend on our couches. Spiritually.

See you there.


P.S.: Is there anyone else who watched every 2008 race again during the winter break, or should I talk to someone about that?