Inaugural Indian Grand Prix attracts huge crowd

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Greater Noida: A crowd of more than 95,000 people made its way to the Buddh International Circuit yesterday to attend the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in the city, where double world champion, Sebastian Vettel, of Red Bull blazed his way to the 11th win of the season ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Several dignitaries, filmstars and cricketers were also present at the event that turned out to be a success.

Mayawati Devi, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, did the honours by presenting the winner’s trophy to Vettel. Executive chairman of Jaypee Group, the race organisers, Manoj Gaur, presented the trophy to Button for his second-place finish. Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India chief, Vicky Chandhok, gave away the trophy to Alonso.

The winners received their trophies amid loud cheers from F1 fans.

Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice-Chairman of Airtel, the title sponsors, presented a trophy to a Red Bull official for his driver winning the race.

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Gulshan Grover were among the Bollywood celebrities who added star value to the event.

Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were among the cricketers present at the circuit. Tendulkar, who is a self-confessed Formula One fan, waved the chequered flag at the end of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. He described it as a memorable experience of his life.