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India’s F1 debut a resounding success

November 01
21:18 2011

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the race during the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida

NEW DELHI: Without any doubt, India made a grand entry into the world of Formula One, the pinnacle of motorsport.


A marvelous racing facility, the famed warmth in hospitality there to be seen, and passionate fans filling up the stands, it all came together perfectly to make India’s Formula One debut a blockbuster.


Initially, there were apprehensions, dogs on the track, a power-cut in the middle of a press conference and a bat flying in the media centre but in the end praise flowed India’s way like an uncontrolled stream.


Apprehensions vanished with each passing minute, leashes were put on dogs and every single glitch, although there were not many, was addressed with determination and eventually removed.


The memories of the organizational disaster that the Commonwealth Games was, were drowned in the noise of the Formula One cars racing at over 350kph at the Buddh International Circuit.


The racers left India with memories to cherish and desire to come back, administrators lauded the organizers – Jaypee Group – for creating a super circuit with a challenging racing track.


F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone confessed that he feared if the race will happen at all as construction work continued till the last minute but took a flight back by saying that “India delivered on all counts”.


Sebastian Vettel, a proud winner of the first ever Indian GP, discovered in less than a week’s stay here that Indian people are happy and content despite having not much in contrast to Europeans, who have every luxury to enjoy.

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany, winner, McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button (C) of Britain, second place, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, third place, spray champagne as they celebrate on the podium


“I think it is a very impressive country, very different to what we probably know from Europe, but very inspiring. If you keep you eyes and ears open I think you are able to learn a lot, the way the people handle things here. They enjoy life and in the end that’s what it is all about. If your life comes to an end it is more the thoughts, the emotions, the friends, the friendships you take with you rather than whatever you have in your bank account,” the German remarked philosophically after his win.


Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who was third behind McLaren’s Jenson Button, gave India a rating of nine on a scale of 10.


“I think when you host the first race even in a new country, there are things that for sure you learn and you improve. I think next year it will be even better, in terms of how the teams will settle, how the electricity will work, after we had some problems, which is very normal for a first time that we use an environment like this one. I think the starting point next year will be a lot better than the starting point this year the starting point is already very high, from zero to ten maybe it’s nine so it’s very good but the ten will be reached very soon,” the Spaniard said.




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