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Formula One’s new romance with India

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One of the fastest growing world economies, a technological superpower, one of the few nations in the world with nuclear weapons and artificial satellites are just some of the achievements of the country called India.

So why was the pinnacle of motorsport yet to get an Indian touch. When i started watching formula one, there was nothing Indian, except maybe some of the sponsors who also sold their stuff in India. But Narain Karthikeyan’s arrival on the motorsport scene changed it all. His sponsors JK Tyres promoted him well. He was christened the fastest Indian on the road(In the air are the Air Force pilots in their Sukhois and MIGs). Soon he was testing for F1 teams, his test in the Jaguar car made sports page headlines in India. Obviously there was only 1 more step to go to reach formula one.

Narain Karthikeyan

His chance came later with the Jordan formula one team. But Jordan wanted Narain to pay for his seat instead of the other way round. At this time, Indian corporate houses like TATAs, Amaron, JK Tyres , Bharat Petroleum etc. supported Narain in his quest to become the first Indian F1 driver and he did become that.

But the season was dismal, he was impressive in the first half outclassing Tiago Monteiro many a times, but reports of a spat between him and team principal meant that he would need a new employer next year. He chose the Williams F1 team, who were offering him a seat as a test driver. And not only that he would be paid for it too unlike the arrangement with the Jordan team.

ralf schumacher with vijay mallya  toyota kingfisher

Then came Mr. Vijay Mallya, i really respect this man(even though i detest alcohol), he is the person most responsible for the current scenario. The man who knows Bernie Ecclestone (i think) wanted formula one in India and worked hard towards it. So much so, that its practically decided now that India will be hosting a F1 race in the near future, it can be as early as 2009 if the Indian Authorities hustle. Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear that F1 can no longer ignore India.

Indian Grand Prix 2009

Not content with that, Dr. Vijay Mallya who is also an MP, has bid for the Spyker formula one team. He has bid alongwith the Mol family of Netherlands, he has expressed his desire to include the word ‘India’ in the team’s new name.

Spyker Formula One French Grand Prix 2007 Practice

Finally India has arrived in formula one, and how !

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September 3rd, 2007 at 1:51 pm

Dr. Vijay Mallya : The Man Behind the Indian Grand Prix

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Known in India as the liquor baron, or the ‘alcohol dude’ (one of my friends called him that). Billionaire Dr. Vijay Mallya is the owner of the UB Group and the Kingfisher Group. Kingfisher is a sponsor of the Toyota formula one team. Here are¬ his views on the Indian Grand Prix.

Q. India’s vast market is on many people’s wish list for the Formula One calendar. Is India ready for a Grand Prix?

I am passionate about bringing Formula One to India. We have seen that the interest and viewer-ship in Formula One has been going up substantially, especially among young people with good incomes. And given the shear size of India and its booming economy it should be on the Formula One calendar. I am pushing all I can to make sure that, if not in 2009, that India can host a race in 2010.

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July 21st, 2007 at 11:05 am

Indian Formula One journalism at its worst

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This is an excerpt from an article by a certain XYZ (Name Hidden) in the Times of India. And no offence to the guy,  I would blame his editor more .

The so called person reporting on formula one in the Times of India has reported earlier on things ranging from Temples and Secularism etc. to the Supreme Court, at least that’s what the various headlines tell me, do you think I am free enough to read those articles :S , but a nice user of the thesaurus as can be seen from his article’s excerpt.

Besides the faulty logic of urban development being peddled by F1 enthusiasts, the sport itself has no place in today??(tm)s world. F1 racing ??” with apologies to its many fans ??” is an extremely wasteful sport. When the globe is facing an acute energy crunch, it is a shame that a sport where petrol-guzzling cars race each other continues to be encouraged. There are some who would argue that innovations in the design of F1 cars could lead to energy-saving measures. This is a specious argument. The entire rationale of F1 racing is to maximise speed; it has nothing to do with energy saving.

Finally, F1 racing can have pernicious effects in a place like India. Many of the country??(tm)s drivers are possibly the worst in the world. Speed limits mean nothing to them; they usually regard traffic lights as mere decoration. God alone knows how drivers will react when they see F1 cars zipping at 250-plus kmph on a desi racetrack.

Now remember how I had said any Journalist is randomly selected by the Editors in India and told to write formula one stories, and even important ones at that. One would think that a story on Formula one in India requires an experienced Indian journalist. Firstly the journalist comes across as illiterate about the recent Green debate in formula one and I would not be surprised if he actually knows zero about it. He seems to push his views to the reader so strongly that it actually induces vomiting in my opinion.

But the best one is how people will react to cars zipping at 250 kmph plus. Possibly he regards the whole population to be as stupid as him, possibly when he sees planes in the sky he feels like flying his car off the top floor.

But fans of a formula one grand prix in India need not be disheartened.

This is how a friend of mine had replied to the Times of India article :

Don’t worry about TOI.If people making decisions were to be reading Times Of India we would still be in stone age.

So true, shoddy journalism at its best, the future of formula one racing in India cant be decided by such moronic articles. Indian newspapers must hire good formula one journalists or atleast ones who know about the great sport of formula one racing.

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June 24th, 2007 at 7:13 am

Indian Grand Prix 2009 Announcement: The Aftermath

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I can safely say we were the first website in the world to announce the statement of Suresh Kalmadi and effectively broke the news of the Indian Grand Prix on the Internet even before BBC, Reuters,AP etc. Anyway, the announcement of the Indian Grand Prix brought joy to the lives of the Indian F1 fan, but along with joy, skepticism has emerged into people’s minds.

Some of the half-illiterate journalists of Indian Newspapers went all guns blazing against the plane citing reasons from the funds needed to the pollution debate. The formula one fans of India were devastated, instead of widespread support which was expected, the announcement was met with widespread criticism that we don’t deserve to host a F1 Grand Prix.

The skeptics points against Formula one in India

1. Lack of five star and seven star hotel rooms, according to a newspaper estimate , we will need atleast 40,000 new hotel rooms.

2. The time is too less, two years are too less for a F1 track from scratch.

3. Some more stuff about politics and all.

4. The new airport which will be able to cater to all the traffic will be complete in 2010, the race is in 2009.

Anyway , I don’t get it about motorsport journalism in India. Here is how i think it goes, the editor inky-pinky ponkie’s a name from all his unassigned journalists. He tells the journalist to watch the race on the weekend and write a report. The journalist, obviously shaken , listens to the commentary of Steve Slater and Chrish Goodwin and pretty much vomits it all over the sports page. But the report will never be enjoyable unless the journalist enjoyed watching the race himself. Traditionally he should be sent to each and every race and should report from the paddocks.

And then there are the other newspapers, they don’t even do as much. They copy paste the Associated Press reports or the Reuters news reports and their job of reporting formula one is done.

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June 19th, 2007 at 7:17 am

Scoop : Indian Grand Prix 2009

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Its almost confirmed, if you live in India, you would have already seen news of the IOA(The Indian Olympic Association) signing a contract with the FIA for staging the Indian Grand Prix from 2009 in India. Every Indian F1 fan’s dream seems to be finally coming true.

The agreement is conditional on having a venue approved though.  Suresh Kalmadi the IOA president announced this.

“We have received a letter in this regard from Bernie Ecclestone,” said Kalmadi. “The IOA will be the promoter, the first event will be held in 2009.”

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June 14th, 2007 at 9:14 am

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