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Yes, It Actually Happened!

bic_logo Millions watched it, but we were there! That’s what a friend’s Facebook status said late Sunday evening. The first Formula 1 race in India had just ended. The air was still dusty, you could smell the burnt rubber, and we wanted more! Barely two months ago, the Buddh International Circuit was still a huge pile of dirt. There was uncertainty in the air about whether the first Indian GP was ever going to take place. I took my chances, booked my flight tickets early. And then, the tickets went on sale the next day! Two days later, more than 15,000 tickets were sold and the South Natural Stand was already sold out! It was going to happen, F1 in India! I left to Delhi on the 28th, by a very early morning flight. Delhi’s weather was surprisingly very much like what I love and am accustomed to in Bangalore. The only signs of being out of place was being in the center of what is an insanely huge terminal, Delhi’s IGI T3. Wow. After a few phone calls, I was headed to Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, where accommodation for us had been arranged. I was already in a cab when I was told Ghaziabad was 40kms from IGI. Ouch! Oh well, the cab ride gave me a chance to enjoy the sights of New Delhi, at a price of course.
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India Gate

We headed out to Greater Noida, where the Buddh International Circuit is located, another 40kms from our hotel. The roads around New Delhi are amazingly well kept; not a single speed breaker or ditch through the whole ride. I had already started liking New Delhi, and it was just the beginning. The area around the circuit was hardly complete. I’m talking acres here, because it looked like the Jaypee group owns half of Greater Noida. It was Jaypee for as far as you could see. Amazing really. Then there was the circuit itself, damn. The first sight of it really gives you a sense of pride, making you not believe something like an F1 race was actually happening in India. tweetAnd then came out Alguersuari in FP2… oh my gawd. The sound of an F1 car was just unbelievably loud. And for fans like us, it was the epitome of the trip thus far. Unbelievable. A thousand miles traveled, and the just the sound of an F1 car had made us feel it was worth it all. Friday evening was spent in Delhi, visiting India Gate and the famous eatery Khan Chacha. My opinion about Khan Chacha – the owners are egoistic and the prices just don’t justify the taste. More on this later. Saturday involved being late to Qualifying because of traffic, visiting the F1 Village, returning to India Gate, and heading out to Karim’s. Karim’s too, was over hyped. It was 9pm and the Biryani and Raan were already over. WTF? Sunday. Race Day! And boy, was it worth the 2 hours in traffic. We made it just in time for the parade lap, and cheered as Vettel, Schumi, Massa, Alonso, and Karthikeyan went by on old classics; and uttered racist words as Hamilton passed by. We watched as Massa and Hamilton collided, Massa’s Ferrari grinding to a halt as it passed turns 10 and 11, Massa being scootered away (on a Honda Activa! :P ), and after the race, the damaged Ferrari being towed away just a few feet from us. Ahh, worth it all.
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We were THERE!

And as an added bonus, we saw the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, stuck in traffic right besides us, happily acknowledging the crowd that had stopped their cars to take photos! Sunday night’s dinner was at Kake-Da-Hotel, and WOW! The half an hour wait was a small price to pay for what was the best Butter Chicken and Mutton Keema I have ever had. Khan Chacha and Karim’s can learn a thing or two from Kake-Da, the food was superb and light on the wallets. A must for anybody visiting Delhi.   Sides: This post was to be written more than a day ago, but I ended up sleeping for 20-hours straight after coming home!

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Adrian Sutil: I love Chicken Tikka and Metallica!

To begin with, a very happy new year to all of you. I’m late, but it’s better late than never. Coming to the topic, I have never rooted for the under dog in Formula One before, that is, until Adrian Sutil came along. The Force India driver is one of the few drivers I like in the politics rocked sport. A professional racing driver who wants to be a stuntman sometime in the future, Adrian Sutil is a big fan of Metallica and Indian food. Quote, “I love Indian food especially chicken tikka and chicken jalfrezi. I absolutely love gulab jamuns and yes, naan is yummy”. And even though he hasn’t actually won a race yet, the mere fact that he took the VJM02, a much inferior car compared to the McLaren and Brawn cars that dominated 2009, and raced it to 4th position in the Italian Grand Prix; or the second place in the German Grand Prix (that was eventually lost to Raikonnen thanks to a crash the Finn caused), definitely proves that he has potential. The simple, yet outspoken guy that he is, I haven’t ever read an interview of Sutil like this one that the Times of India published yesterday. I thought it required a mention on my blog, given that Sutil has spoken so candidly about his life and his thoughts about almost everything. Give it a read. If you’re short of time, you might want to skip to the second page. Come 2010, I’m sure things will turn around better for the German. An exciting season ahead with all the new teams, regulations, and of course, the return of the F1 Legend – Michael Schumacher. I can’t wait for it to start.

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Sporty Weekend

If you have a love for sports, this weekend is a real treat. Formula One, Tennis, and Football are all here this weekend. Saturday turned out to be a spectacular day for F1 and Tennis, with Louis Hamilton clinching a superb P1 at the last minute, and Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic defeating Russia’s Dinara Safina in the women’s final match of the French Open, Roland Garros. kimi-raikkonen-ferrari

Roger Federer

Sunday looks promising already. The big one — Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal facing off in the men’s final of the French Open (tonight at 7 pm), promises to be a real treat to watch. It’s Federer’s narrow 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 win against Gael Monfils, against Rafael Nadal’s dominant 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory over Novak Djokovic that clearly shows who has the edge for today’s game. What’s more, Nadal has NEVER lost at the Roland Garros. Right after the final, Race Day kicks of at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada, (at 10.30 pm) with the big 4 – Hamilton, Kubica, Raikkonen and Alonso on the first two grids. With everybody complaining about the poor track condition, one can expect lots of spins and perhaps a crash or two as the race progresses on. If Saturday’s qualifying session was anything to go by, Race Day will sure as hell be exciting. Oh, and about the Euro 2008, somebody please fill me in on the action. I’m not following the Euro 2008. And also, with all the action going on, did I miss something? Cricket perhaps?
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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