After many weeks of media buzz, publicity, marketing (nothing close to the scale of Ra.One) and anticipation, the inaugural Indian F1 Grand Prix finally concluded at the Buddh International Circuit, with Sebastian Vettel totally dominating the race as well as the practice sessions. For the common Indian citizen this was a rare opportunity to watch a truly international, high budget luxury sport taking place in India for the first time. While for the glitterati from the Indian entertainment, business and cricket world it was an opportunity to hob-nob with the world renowned drivers as well as Lady Gaga.
At the end it was a well executed event although for the common folk the hospitality was not very great, the costs were prohibitive and the sound of the cars was ear-splitting (a 90% probablity of ear damage without ear plugs). Most of the people who went for the race, didn’t understand the sport and their only motivation was to get a chance to see something truly international taking place in India for the first time. After all, there aren’t many options for entertainment for the common man in this country apart from Bollywood, Cricket and crappy cable television.
As a normal spectator witnessing the race, the view shown above is what one could see, however if you were lucky or rich enough to be in the Main Grand Stand the experience was something else. Bollywood celebrities and cricket stars flied in to witness the event while also making sure to talk about it on Twitter. Noticeable personalities included Shahrukh Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Bipasha Basu, Rahul Bose, Deepika Padukone and many more from Bollywoood. The Cricket world was represented by Sachin Tendulkar (who waved the chequered flag for Vettel), Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni.
Overall, it was good to see India being able to organize an International event in a timely and orderly fashion without having to resort to last minute contingencies. However, whether the euphoria and thrill of watching such an event will be present in the next few editions of the race remains to be seen. There is a high probability that F1 in India might just prove to be a one hit wonder.
For those of you who missed the action at the circuit, catch some great moments from the event below