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Monday, July 28, 2003

F1 in India

16 circuits worldwide and a massive following! Die-hard fans of each of the manufacturers line up year after year to watch the cars disappear around the corner and then patiently await it at the opposite corner.

For a long time I had wondered what kept them on the stands with nothing to do except those few moments the car zips by them. Not that they can catch a glimpse of their hero - helmet and all; but the waving and shrieking doesn't stop. I was first drawn to the sport when I read a reader's digest article on the madman and the professor and their rivalry. And so I ended up following the entire 1997 season and was disgusted at Schumacher's lack of sportsmanship - die-hard fans attributed his attempt to take out his nearest rival Villeneuve to the game's strategy. Anyway, that does not take away the respect I have for Schumi's driving skills. :)

This year I will finally get to see first hand at Indianapolis what really drives people to stand in the hot Sun 3 days in a row to see zipping cars!

There are attempts now being made to bring F1 to India. Here are the Indian F1 kids: Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.


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