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Year 2000, month of March, weather somewhere around 3 o'clock in the morning. It wakes me up with a sound I had never heard before. It comes from the living room. It’s dark all over the house, the only light is dopier from an old Philips TV, and the sound is unusually loud. I find my father sweating, commenting to myself how fast they are this year, how they are beating us without much trouble and how long and difficult this season will be. I dare not even ask him what it is about. I sit in the armchair still interested in that strange sound, now even more confused - who are they?

What I saw on TV that morning awakened in me a passion that I didn't even know existed, but which from that moment on made it clear to me that it would not just leave me and that many years later it would still be the main person in charge. a trigger of excitement, happiness, hope, anxiety, sadness, crying and nervousness, all in one day, in one 2 hour interval.

It's been a month, the race is being held in San Marino, Italy. This is the third pole position for Mika Hakkinen.

Why do I mention him? Because he is the first driver of the team that my father supports. It is impossible to ignore so much passion for something. It’s impossible to ignore the fact that the previous two weeks our Philips TV has been turned upside down twice because of that Mike Hakkinen.

As a seven-year-old, I don't even care who it is anymore, it's just important to be a part of that passion together with my father. By the way, he just told me that this was the team he had ever ridden the greatest ever - Ayrton Senna, that the combination of him and McLaren was something magical.

It's even more important to me now that Mika wins, but for the third time in a row? That is not happening. Michael Schumacher wins. I was angry then, but it never crossed my mind that this was just the beginning.

The beginning of something that will last a very long time. The dominance of Ferrari led by Schumacher. I just couldn’t help but hate that man. From race to race he ruined everything magical I had heard about McLaren’s invincibility in Senna’s hands, about the genius of the Woking team. He broke all records in a row, now not only shadows but all the others as well. Even worse, there was no fact to challenge Schumacher's greatness. I thought, man, because of this guy, I'll never feel that magic my father told me about again.

Growing up, the main villains were no longer cartoon characters, now it was a black-haired unstoppable horse running better than anyone else on a red endless meadow. The horse he was riding, it seemed to me even then, was the best I had ever seen. Stopping watching sports was never an option, but it was hard to be a part of the sport as a loser. Winner yes, but champion never.

The year is 2005, the propped horse finally got tired, and what I could only fantasize about has finally happened. Admittedly, in the worst possible way. The myth of Schumacher’s invincibility shattered, no more and no less, than one Renault. Back then, as a 12-year-old, I thought it was impossible for a Ferrari to finally crash without being knocked down by some Renault there, the slowest car even in my neighborhood. How can they even compare to Ferrari and McLaren? Who is this Alonso ?! Well we overtook him for the whole lap as he drove for Minardi. To make matters worse, the same thing happened the following year.

The year is 2007, Alonso moves to McLaren. Expectations from this season are at their peak. This time we will beat Ferrari, this time we have the driver who was the only one who managed to do it, and Renault is no more, so we will beat them as well. It doesn’t matter at all who the other driver is - we have Alonso!

In the first race Alonso wins, and the second one was not bad either. In the second race Alonso starts first, but this guy crosses both Ferraris! Then I just hope he can keep them some lap to get Alonso a little escape. But then, when I least hoped, the long-forgotten magic my father told me about begins.

Lewis Hamilton keeps both Ferraris and sends them in all directions around Sepang. Everywhere except in front of you. Alonso won that race, but that day Lewis beat the mighty Ferrari on the track, chest to chest. Hand on heart - then without the main villain - Michael Schumacher.

That all this is no accident, Lewis Hamilton shows in the continuation of the season, where with his runs he sets himself as one of the main candidates for the title of that year. It couldn't have been better. McLaren was unstoppably grabbing for the title, and he took Alonso or Hamilton - it doesn't matter.

That year, F1 showed its full glory. How she just had different plans than mine. After 7 years of waiting, after practically winning the title - in the last race we lost everything. Or maybe not? We lost a lot, but we gained Lewis Hamilton.

The year is 2008, Lewis Hamilton is already my idol. He is the closest to the magic of the Senna / McLaren combination. He is a joy and a relief that after 8 years I will feel the passion that my father told me about. He drove that McLaren just the way I thought he should, just the way I drove in my dreams. Bravely, attractively, always looking for the "gap that exists" that Senna was talking about. I finally understood everything and had the privilege of watching it. In 2000, it all started as a dream, imagination and some magic that my father tells me about. The more I grew up the less I believed it was even possible, as with Santa Claus.

My idol, the representative of what I have blindly believed in since I was a child, the representative of me in Formula 1, beat all the competitors that year. He defeated the "evil" Ferrari, Alonso and Renault. McLaren is the champion again, and he is responsible for everything.

From that moment on, anything was possible again. Dreams still exist and come true. Lewis Hamilton then became bigger for me than McLaren himself.

McLaren-Mercedes or separately, it didn't matter anymore because since then F1 has outgrown everything from the beginning of my story - passion, hope, happiness, sadness.

F1 has become a dream. A dream I still dream.

NRteamLH44

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67 comments

  1. Niki Lauda wapi Donator Show

    In my case, no one can outgrow a Ferrari. Although it started as a cheer for the half-burned Lauda. And while Lauda was driving it was somehow a double loyalty to him and Ferrari, but when he definitely withdrew he was left with only a Ferrari to which only Lauda could be equal, they remained there in passing.

    I have always noticed around me a mass of weather vanes that changed their cheering according to who is the best one year. It was slimy to me, and it’s present both now and here. I remember the huge numbers of Seba Vettel fans from 2010-3 or Alonso or Ferrari before that. That’s why I like to read this kind of story that talks about some consistency and perseverance. Because it wasn't much of a pleasure to follow the results of LH 2009-2013. It’s great now, the author is a little old, and Lewis is nearing the end. Who will he cheer for when Lewis leaves? Does he stay in the wolf den or will he move away for the next champion? He will show another column in a few years.



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    • Lewis Hamilton 44 NRteamLH44 Show

      It was because of that mass of weather vanes that I wrote the text. To show that there are those who had a thorny path to the stars, along with LH.

      I believe that I will never support anyone like LH, because I grew up with him. He is my childhood, teenage and adulthood of Formula 1. And we will see who I will continue to support. Russell, Leclerc, Max. In that bush lies a rabbit.



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      • Sebastian Vettel 5 Crash Donator Show

        I believe I will never support anyone like LH

        This is how I think about some characters in sports.
        '93 there some kid comes from Padua to the feet of Baggi to the big Juventus. Never anyone like him… It's special ..
        You can still have someone else you support and who is your favorite, but you only grow up with one of them.



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      • Hamilton's path to the stars was not difficult at all, the more than the first he fell into the top winning machine, the second developed he would come to an end. Unquestionable is his talent and knowledge, Vetel upgraded the car, Alonso too, and about Schumacher not to mention, years of work and work to come up with a winning car. I intentionally mentioned these three drivers who have a total of 13 world championship titles and are showing their hard way to the titles. Hamilton’s titles from 2014 to here are similar to that of Button’s from 2009 you get in the best car at the moment and you’re the champion.



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        • Mika Hakkinen stoka Show

          Than Vettel is developing a car… And Adrian Newey is at that time while he is developing a mea garage. Why didn't Ferrari develop in 6 years, or Alonso in 5…
          Cars are developed by engineers and money, and drivers drive…



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        • Mercedes Jester Donator Show

          @stock

          If you think that the driver has no or minimal role in the development of the car, then it might be better to switch to another sport that is easier to follow.



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        • Mika Hakkinen stoka Show

          So Alonso is developing a Renault chassis, a mass dumper, Michelin tires, and a Schumia srusia because this one is older, so he doesn't really know how to develop a Ferrari in the last two years…

          After that, Alonso came to Ferrari and forgot to develop the car, and the most skilful in development was the young Seb Vettel, who developed a red bull chassis, developed a blown diffuser, etc.… But coming to Ferrari, he forgets how the car develops, aerodynamics… Islo ga good w years because the engine is developing well, but then something messes up again and here it is now…



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        • Niki Lauda wapi Donator Show

          When it’s great, everyone deserves it. When it doesn't work, one is to blame.



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  2. Williams Montoya Show

    For Lewis, cheering until 3,4 years ago was something normal. His reputation among people, who let's not cheer for him, was destroyed by an unprecedented dominance that made the whole of Formula 1 boring to the point of pain. I have no doubt in his abilities, he is probably one of the top 5 drivers ever, but there will always be that BUT because of the passionately dominant car. We don't even remember Vettel's 4 titles with joy for the same reason. It turns out that this is the most boring decade in the history of F1. Two dominances and only two champions + the exception of Rosberg in 11 years. Too bad. I miss the second half of the XNUMXs and the other half of the XNUMXs precisely because there was no domination.



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    • Niki Lauda wapi Donator Show

      It's not a reputation. LH is a renowned British driver in F1. He gets on my nerves with his behavior around the track. He abuses his race (and in fact is half) for (non) sports gain. But here, a politically correctly frightened organization of whites must allow it. It makes me even angrier because he doesn't really need it all. He would be a seven-time champion even without those few races in which he was "confused". .



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  3. F1pulse ivanh Show

    In 2000, domination began, but after 5 "bloody" years, a lot of sweat and the mastery of the Greatest… ..by the way, that character paved the way well for 2010-12 Lewis “.
    You just have to remember what nonsense they invented to slow down Michael..from ballast to tires… .I haven't been able to notice such nonsense for the last seven years, in fact, I allowed them to use das… ..



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    • In 1999, domination began, but MS broke. When Eddie was activated it was too late.



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      • F1pulse ivanh Show

        @LewisFan… .what do you mean..while Eddie was activated it was too late ????… .That Edie is up to Mich. leg fracture had one win and two other places and after England, two wins in a row.The thing is that Edie was a driver like Botas-no continuity… ..After Michael's return, Edie just couldn't keep up with him while this one broke up… e.g. pp Malaysia😉



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    • Honda zekohonda Donator Show

      @ivanh
      can I clarify about ballast? I don't remember that.



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      • F1pulse ivanh Show

        @zekohonda

        Maybe I mispronounced, it was a story to be leading in q. put extra weights… .and now the use of drs is allowed faster so they are even faster….
        Btw… McLaren has 99 “lost” speed when the use of beryllium is banned… ..
        Michelin, for example, cheated in 2003 with the tread of tires that expanded when consumed ……



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        • Honda zekohonda Donator Show

          thanks for the clarification.
          btw., berlium has been banned since 2000.



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        • He has always been deceived and I have witnessed this for more than 40 years following the formula. The base is the same as with doping someone catches someone not. Alonso in a Renault in 2005 after a couple of races was banned by some so-called shock absorber, shock absorber such a thing on the front wheels or suspension legal. It was at that time. We see this year that in the Mercedes DAS was left until the end of the season as legal it would not have been allowed 10 15 years ago. But Mercedes has money and political influence, so it can cement the rules from 2014 to the present day



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        • Felipe Massa Braziliscanec Masa Show

          @ V10, what you stated (mass shock absorber and DAS) is not cheating, but exploiting holes in the rules. There is a big difference between cheating and ingenuity. Both of these cases have forced those who make the rules to eat their own g ****. The shock absorber is banned under the explanation that it is an "illegal aerodynamic aid", and it is hidden inside the nose, it does not see air. The DAS did not ban it, but said "let's not perform such kerefeks from next year".
          The cheat is to pour huge tanks of water and say it’s a brake-cooled fluid just to spill it all in the first laps. I don't know which team did it back in the seventies / eighties.


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        • Honda zekohonda Donator Show

          @bm
          tyrrell.


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        • Felipe Massa Braziliscanec Masa Show

          @zeko
          team from Brackley you say :) the same team that had a double fuel tank in 2005



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        • Honda zekohonda Donator Show

          I have to disappoint you… tyrrell is not from brackley. : D



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  4. Nigel Mansell The Simpsons Show

    Everything is ok, but for the rest of us, your dream lasts too long.
    You’re dreaming fine for 7-8 years and we have nightmares from that Merc-Lewis domination.
    Just as Shu’s dominance was boring to anyone who didn’t cheer for Ferr and him, so it is to us today with Lewis-Merc.
    I'm glad for you but I hope that soon the rest of us will start living the F1 dream. 😀



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    • Ferrari Boris_CRO Show

      Domination of Ferrari ???? Schumi came to Ferrari in 1996, left in 2006. Of how much domination was there ?????



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      • Ayrton Senna Scuderia Show

        Now, according to you, after Mercedes, nothing was domination anymore. I recently read somewhere a comment that not even the red bull dominated at all from 2010-2013. What would you call 5 driver and 6 constructor titles in a row, if not domination?



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        • Mclaren AlkY Donator Show

          Normally it is domination.
          Now who is easier who is harder dominated is irrelevant.
          Domination is domination. And Ferrari dominated then.



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        • Sebastian Vettel 5 Crash Donator Show

          Domination is domination

          Colleague @AlkY correction of incorrect statement…
          Of course it matters who is how dominates… Pretty much even…



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        • The most obvious example of dominance ever in the formula is the 1988 mclaren honda senna prost, when the rest of the grid picked up only dust. So when no one even has a chance in theory to pick up a win.



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        • Mclaren AlkY Donator Show

          I know that domination is important.
          I’m just saying that domination is domination.
          There is no other name.
          Red Bull dominated, Mercedes now dominated, Ferrari dominated.
          In that sense, it is irrelevant.
          And if we go just a little deeper, then it’s essential to say who dominated how.



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    • Lewis Hamilton 44 NRteamLH44 Show

      You know how, I also waited from 2000-2008 for the first title, so when I got it, then I had to watch not 1 how I lose it but 5 times. And then I met the second and third, which were especially important to me, because LH with them ranked among the bigger drivers.

      I consider all this as a bonus, already achieved.



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  5. Williams DoDo13 Show

    Well done for the column. I enjoy reading articles like this in which fans of this sport through letters, words, sentences, articles… express their passion, excitement, sadness, joy, disappointment, immense excitement, love…., Towards a sport that pushes the boundaries of motoring and drivers to unimaginable values. Keep posting stories like this because they show that this sport is not just cars driven by overpaid drivers but that it is much, much more, and part of that atmosphere is described by the author in his article. BRAVO once again!



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  6. Sebastian Vettel 5 Crash Donator Show

    Why does anyone even support Lewis Hamilton

    I have no idea 😊 Seen from today's perspective through my eyes…

    I certainly understand how he started to be cheered for in 2007… Rookie… Underdog… Fast… McLaren has a large fan base… 👍



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  7. Ferrari Boris_CRO Show

    I started watching in 1997 and of course for the Reds. Still, there were tears before the first title for “mine”. Now I'm already waiting too long.



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  8. Mclaren AlkY Donator Show

    Great column: D.

    I experienced most of it as if I had written personally, especially about the "biggest evil" infamous horse: D.



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  9. Felipe Massa Braziliscanec Masa Show

    Sir Lewis Hamilton I will pray beautifully !!!
    Kudos to the author for nicely articulating his fan experience and sharing, we need more such texts.
    Anyway, I wonder what it was like to cheer for Lewis in 2020?



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  10. Ferrari peewoslav88 Show

    this article is based on nostalgia from some past times when F1 was much more interesting precisely because there was no such dominance. The dominance of Ferrari, mentioned above, was nowhere near what is happening today and this article would be ridiculously written from the perspective of the last 7 seasons. The driver of the Bottas caliber might have been second in the championship in 2002 and 2004 if he had driven a Ferrari, during the remaining seasons others would have eaten him.



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    • Ferrari Boris_CRO Show

      That's why I'm angry, because then the rules changed every year. People complained that Ferrari's dominance was unbearable. And when you look at it now it’s clear that it wasn’t domination at all when you look at the last 7 seasons of Mercedes. Mercedes has a situation like Ferrari 2004 every year. Unbearable, and the guys from the FIA ​​are in no hurry. Let Ham and Mercedes collect 5 more titles so that they can be found. The best car of all time - yes because the rules are as they are. Hamilton the best driver of all time - don’t make me laugh.



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  11. Sebastian Vettel VettelFerrari Show

    People, pour cold water on him, he dreamed a lot :)



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  12. Fernando Alonso 14 alonso05espana Show

    Super text 👍.

    So I started for Alonso in 2005, I was 7 years old. I just wanted to cheer for that young Spaniard who is tearing down a sports legend. My Dad has been a big Ferrari fan since the late 70s, so we were finally “united” in 2010. Unfortunately, the collaboration did not result in a title in 5 seasons.

    I remained a Ferrari fan, Charles became the new "favorite", but I can't wait to see "my" Alonso on the grid again.



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  13. Susie Wolff Har Kl Donator Show

    Great text.
    For me, the choice was simple. In 2007, I couldn't support Alonso, so give me what you give.

    As for the first race, Kimmi won that race. Already in that race Hamilton garnered many sympathies when he was on
    start when he overtook Alonso.
    The rest is history



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  14. Marlboro McKruno Donator Show

    Well done to McLaren's dad. I have been following F1 since 1989. and always exclusively for that. Drivers are dear to me but my heart beats exclusively for one team.



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    • lukarak Donator Show

      As a kid, I 'followed' with my grandmother who was a fan, there before the war when we went to Karlovac on weekends (I'm 84), so somehow I continued to follow myself more and more after a couple of years. I was always a McLaren, until Lewis came, I betrayed McL with him and went to Merc.



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  15. Michael Schumacher VRSV546 Show

    Let me follow up
    Fans like you understand, it's Ham for you that it's MSC for me, but you'll also see some things only when he retires, which I saw in my dream
    But there are a lot of guys my friend of my age (93) who never really followed the F1 race and constantly put pictures of Senna (after watching the movie) and bow to Hamilton and defend him blindly and they don't know why or how while Scumi goes down even though I repeat they followed F1 with understanding before or now, but they look at the race without understanding and it's over… In a way, here is juventus got barca ronaldo scores 2 goals from the penalty spot and after that one game they conclude ronaldo is a better messi can't play
    And with that, they lower a Ferkan and pick up a Mercedes, because here he is driving a class that he can't maintain and he drives on failed pillows and says that the alpha is Italian garbage that is constantly spoiling.



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  16. Nigel Mansell _bataziv_0809 Show

    Colleague, all praise, I found myself in the text, even though I always cheered for McLaren, so whoever drives, and only Mika outgrew my team and I would cheer for him in Ferrari (it was a long way: D).

    But one thing is interesting to me - we all started following F1 at a very young age, so the question arises when we were bigger fans. I was a more honest fan at the time, all that mattered to me was for Villeneuve and later McLaren / Mika to win. Later with the years and the ballast of experience and perception of a lot of circumstances, it is much harder to be the greatest;)

    Somehow I envy you that the driver you support breaks all records, and from somewhere I don't envy at all because all those who break records get recognition only when they retire and when the results are patina.

    All the best!



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  17. Blue Flag dFixxx3r Show

    hehe. super text!
    in my case, čale cheered the same for mika, but what if he dragged me towards the horses, the red and the famous forest.
    the villain was just mika, later fernando, lewis, then seb ..

    what is striking to me from this text and what I have always assumed, is that the lewis / mercedes fans are actually the ones who cheered for mclaren, and most of those who support mclaren are the ones who are against ferrari. because even if the reason for cheering is senna and mclaren, what kind of mercedes has to do with it. or lewis? : P



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    • Susie Wolff Har Kl Donator Show

      Most of them cheered for McLaren-Mercedes.
      You faltered with the remark that fans are divided into those for and against Ferrari.
      As for Lewis fans, you guessed it in part. The other part isn’t because he drives a Mercedes for seven seasons. Generations of fans go and come…
      There are also fans who do not cheer for drivers as individuals, but cheer for a team represented by a driver.

      Lewis is the driver of the Mercedes team and one of the most important elements of the puzzle. At the moment, they have a lot to do with each other.



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    • Lewis Hamilton smr201 Show

      I can’t speak for the others, but I’ve always been a Lewis fan, not a McL. So when he went to MB there was no problem cheering for them. Admittedly, I’m in the minority because I bond with the driver, not the team. For most fans, it is crucial which team he drives for, I would say.



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  18. Lewis Hamilton smr201 Show

    Great column, I have a similar story.
    Only for me it didn't affect which team he was driving (I was always more attached to the drivers than the teams).
    With my dad cheering for MS in the 90s, I hated FA, so when it came in 2007 I reluctantly accepted the young and fast Lewis.
    There were lost nerves 07-08, and later 09-13 it was not easy, but with interest everything came back from 2014 until today, so I can't complain in any way 😄



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