Formula 1 happened at last on October 30, 2011 at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in NOIDA.
The event was awe-inspiring, not for the drivers, teams and entourages; more so for Formula 1 wannabes who flocked to grace the momentous occasion.
It made no difference to Sebastian Vettel; it was just another race to be won—which he did.
I, for one, was not too impressed by the hype and the hoopla.
Sure, the Indian GP showcased the triumph of private entrepreneurship and organisation over government ineptitude; there were no bloopers this time around unlike at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
A couple of stray dogs and goof-ups in last-minute emergency rehearsals could not disguise the fact that given adequate resources and talent, Indian management can rise to the occasion.
What she said:
“I feel very bad because such hi-fi business has nothing to do with 99% of Indians. It is a criminal waste (of money). First, Twenty20 cricket spoiled the spirit of Indian sports, and now here comes another avatar which will mostly attract corporate money, who (Corporate) rarely spend for sports promotion. Only God can save the Indian sports.”
“Till this date I have never and I don’t want to follow any motor business, which I do not want to call as sport.”
What she really meant:
“Neither does the Olympics consider F1 a sport (in cricket’s case—not yet).”
What she definitely didn’t:
“Formula 1 epitomises ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’.”