Come March of each year, I live and breath Formula 1 racing (actually, year round, since I really devour the silly season stuff, too). Unfortunately, here in Minnesota, there doesn't seem to be much of an audience I can relate to. Media coverage of F1 is nonexistent - AT&T doesn't carry Speed Channel (nee Speedvision?) on it's regular cable and I cannot install a dish in my apartment. So, I hungrily eat up any morsels I can find on the web, read the real-time reports on itv-f1.com, and dream of the day I can attend a race at Suzuka, Indy, or Montreal (or any other venue for that matter...these three seem attainable to me). Actually, my wife and I were set to go to the inaugural Indy Gran Prix - we won a couple of choice lottery seats. We made the mistake in assuming our 1 year old would take an immediate shining to F1. Sadly, we gave up our tickets for lack of a babysitter. So, am I alone in my madness? Do others count the days between the 2 weeks each race is staged? Would anyone else give their right fingernail for a ride in the McLaren 2 seater? 2 1/2 weeks to Melbourne, baby! Anyway, for those that care, here is the '02 schedule: 2002 Formula 1 championship calendar March 3 - Australia, Melbourne March 17 - Malaysia, Sepang March 31 - Brazil, Interlagos April 14 - San Marino, Imola April 28 - Spain, Barcelona May 12 - Austria, A1-Ring May 26 - Monaco, Monte Carlo June 9 - Canada, Montreal June 23 - European, Nurburgring July 7 - Britain, Silverstone July 21 - France, Magny-Cours July 28 - Germany, Hockenheim August 18 - Hungary, Budapest September 1 - Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps September 15 - Italy, Monza, September 29 - USA, Indianapolis October 13 - Japan, Suzuka This is going to be one helluva year...I'm really excited by what Montoya could do to Schuey with a full year under his belt. He's the only one that had the balls and raw talent to not fall sway under Schuey's gaze. Coulthard could be a factor, but I find he's more hot air than anything else, but not as bad as Irvine. Sad to see Haakinen leave indefintely. The schadenfreude in me loves to see the Japanese drivers fail miserably - the fact that they buy their seats or are potential sons-in-laws to the daughter of the head of Honda only casts a shadow on F1. Would love to see Nigel make a comeback. But in the end, Schuey will take his 5th crown and tie Fangio. Happy, safe racing season, HTF F1 fans!