Fun, Frolic, Drama, and Excitement galore at the inaugural Indian GP!

Written by Murtaza Ali on .

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The inaugural Indian GP turned out to be a colossal success as the highly anticipated sporting extravaganza was hosted with great aplomb. After a series of scandals and controversies following the Commonwealth games, we can finally afford to keep our heads high with pride. A lot was at stake on the outcome of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix and its grand success has given a new boost to a country that has been pervaded by a miasma of corruption, scams and inflation since last few years. The organizers, Jaypee Sports deserve all the kudos for making India's decade-long dream a reality.

The event was exalted by the stellar presence of the little master Sachin Tendulkar. The divine presence of the Cricketing God added an element of sanctity to the event as the master blaster got the honor of waving the chequered flag to mark the end of the race. In doing so, the maestro added his name to an elusive list that includes the likes of Brazilian football legend Pele, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and F1 driver Felipe Massa. The Indian Maestro also met his longtime friend and admirer Michael Schumacher. Beside several other big names from the Tinsel town, also present on the occasion, in all his glory to support Team Force India, was the King of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan, whose recent flick ‘RA.One’ is well on course to breaking box office records. Fittingly, the Force India cars of Adrian Sutil and Paul de Rista were emblazoned by the posters of King Khan's Sci-Fi extravaganza.
Another star attraction of the event was former three-time world champion Jackie Stewart. The “Flying Scotsman” insisted that after the grand success of inaugural Grand Prix, India’s prime focus should be on developing a bunch of world-class drivers. British actor Rowan Atkinson, popularly known for his portrayal of Mr. Bean, was also present at Buddh International Circuit (BIC) on all the three days to support team McLaren in their quest to stop the Red Bull juggernaut. The F1 fans at the BIC were presented with the opportunity to see their favorite stars live during the driver's parade just before the start of the race. The Formula 1 drivers paraded pass the eager fans at BIC in vintage cars. Leading the cavalcade was the fastest Indian in the world, Narain Kartikeyan. He was followed by the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Jarno Truli, Felipe Massa and Rubens Barichello.

Newly crowed double-champion, Sebastian Vettel continued his miraculous run at the challenging Buddh International Circuit as he remained untouchable throughout the race. Jenson Button finished 2nd ahead of gritty Fernando Alonso, who settled for the 3rd spot. Mark Webber of Red Bull racing finished fourth while the seven time world champion, Michael Schumacher finished 5th ahead of his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Schumacher once again showed the world why he is still one of the best drivers on the F1 circuit. After starting at number 11 on the grid, he persisted despite the handicap of having a relatively slower car and managed to finish as high as fifth. Lewis Hamilton finished seventh after his collision with Felipe Massa, which earned Massa a drive through penalty and cost Hamilton some crucial time as he was forced to take an extra pit. 2011 season has seen these two drivers colliding on numerous occasions, the last one being at Suzuka, and though Hamilton has been the one to be penalized on majority of the occasions, this was the first time that Massa was at the receiving end. The situation between these two decorated drivers has got so ugly that they don’t even prefer talking to each other. Massa later was forced to retire as his marque suffered a suspension failure after moving onto the kerb at turn 12. Indian Driver, Narain Karthikeyan, who started at the 24th position after being penalized for blocking Michael Schumacher during his time lap in Q2, finished at 17th, ahead of his HRT teammate, Daniel Ricciardo.

Almost everyone right from F1 supremo Bernie Eccelestone to 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher has publicly praised the world class facilities available at the Buddh International Circuit, which is now being deemed as one of the most exciting circuits in the entire Formula 1 calendar. The newly made F1 connection would provide India with a level of global exposure that far exceeds the general expectations, especially considering the popularity of F1 as a sport in the international arena. Now the responsibility lies with the organizers and sports authority to increase the popularity of motorsports within the country as only then shall we be able to project our true might in the world of motorsports.


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23-25 November, 2012

Practice 1 : Result

Practice 2 : Result

Practice 3 : Result

Qualifying : Result

Race : Result

1 Sebastian Vettel 281
2 Fernando Alonso 278
3 Kimi Räikkönen 207
4 Lewis Hamilton 190
5 Jenson Button 188
6 Mark Webber 179
7 Felipe Massa 122
8 Romain Grosjean 96
9 Nico Rosberg 93
10 Sergio Perez 66
Full Table

1 Red Bull Racing - Renault 460
2 Ferrari 400
3 Mclaren - Mercedes 378
4 Lotus - Renault 303
5 Mercedes 142
6 Sauber - Ferrari 126
7 Force India - Mercedes 109
8 Williams - Renault 76
9 STR - Ferrari 26
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
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