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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

F1 debut fuels India's sporting ambitions

If India can pull off a successful Grand Prix on Sunday, the winning driver will not be the only person celebrating a major victory. The country's inaugural Formula One race, being held at a new track outside the capital New Delhi, is seen as a key test of India's ability to organise and deliver international sporting events.

Chandhok's Indian Grand Prix dream dashed

Karun Chandhok's dreams of racing in his country's maiden Formula One Grand Prix did not materialise as Team Lotus on Tuesday decided to go with their regular drivers for this weekend's Indian Grand Prix.

Mock drill to check medical preparedness of F1

A mock drill of medical services for Formula One race was conducted on Tuesday, with an air ambulance helicopter flying to Fortis Hospital from the venue to inspect the preparedness.

Too good to be taught

Schumi feels Vettel is so good, he doesn't need any tips from the veteran. Rohit Bhaskar reports.

Racing no-brainer for brainy Rosberg

For proof of how adept Nico Rosberg is with regards to the technical aspects of driving racing cars, one need only refer to the Williams F1 team's Engineering Aptitude Test. Rosberg scored higher on that test than any driver in the team's history. Vinayak Pande reports.

Hosting F1 race is a criminal waste: PT Usha

In stark contrast to other sportspersons who have given a thumbs-up to the Formula One coming to India, former sprint queen PT Usha says hosting the Grand Prix is nothing but a "criminal waste" of money.

I don't like to finish second: Alonso

When Fernando Alonso said "I don't like to finish second", it summed up what it takes to win and stick to a racing seat with Formula One's most celebrated team -- Ferrari.

A 'wild' blind leap of faith

Addressing a press conference, the core of the Mercedes team who lie fourth in the constructors' championship gave the feeling that is a walk into the unknown for the majority of the grid.

Noida leaps towards global fame

A year after a CWG cycling event was held here, the Noida-Greater Noida region has taken another big leap. Darpan Singh reports.

‘Medical arrangement satisfactory’

Foolproof medical arrangements have been made for the event.

3,000 cops to keep an eye on F1 venue

An estimated 3,000 policemen have been drafted for security during the F1 race. Three additional DGPs, besides ATS and STF sleuths will supervise efforts to make sure India's maiden Grand Prix is a peaceful affair.

Champ Vettel beats Rosberg in race to the Taj Mahal

Leading up to the inaugural Indian GP, Nico Rosberg repeatedly spoke of his desire to visit the Taj Mahal but had to cancel his planned trip to the iconic monument due to logistical issues.

F1 glamour show roars into town for India Grand Prix

The capital is set to get a taste of F1 glitz and glamour this weekend as India hosts its first Formula One Grand Prix, with parties and events featuring global A-listers organised in New Delhi.

A broken heart will not be a distraction

Yet to win a race in what he calls his "worst season in Formula One", Lewis Hamilton is also nursing a broken heart after splitting up with singer Nicole Scherzinger but insists it won't be a distraction in this Sunday's Indian Grand Prix.

Hamilton fastest in F1 Indian Grand Prix practice

Mclaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in the opening practice session of the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida today. Grand Prix flags off | F1 drivers enjoy A-class hospitality | First practice timings

Hamilton given grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton will be pushed back three grid positions from where he qualifies for the Indian Grand Prix after being punished by stewards for ignoring yellow flags during today's opening practice. Grand Prix flags off | F1 drivers enjoy A-class hospitality | First practice timings

GP: Massa fastest as Hamilton woe deepens

Ferrari's Felipe Massa upset the form books with the quickest practice drive today as Lewis Hamilton suffered yet another setback on Formula One's first ever day of action in India.
Hamilton given grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags | F1 drivers enjoy A-class hospitality

Lady Gaga show a sellout

The Lady Gaga after-party show to be held at the Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort in Greater Noida on Sunday is already a sellout. The international pop star show's maximum capacity is 1,000 and a single ticket costs as much as Rs 40,000. Darpan Singh reports. Musical evenings | Prohibited items

Delhi airport braces for private planes

As more than two dozen private jets are expected to land at the Delhi airport over the next two days, special arrangements have been made for the planes ferrying VIPs.

Flying Scotsman back again

Believe it or not, but this isn't the first time the 1969, 1971 and 1973 Formula One world champion Jackie Stewart has visited India. Vinayak Pande reports.

BHP and bhangra: An Indian novelty

Aside from the sound of engines revving, the paddock was treated to the very Indian sound of Bhangra beats. Vinayak Pande reports.

With lucky 13, Vettel reigns supreme

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel clinched his 13th pole position of the season and the 28th of his career. Vinayak Pande reports.

Karthikeyan to start from 23rd position after 5-place penalty

Narain Karthikeyan was today handed a five-place grid penalty for impeding Michael Schumacher's car during the qualifying race, which means that the Indian will have to start his home Formula One Grand Prix from the 23rd position on the grid on Sunday. Catch us live

Customs bungle hits fuming Schumacher

A customs bungle dented Michael Schumacher's Indian Grand Prix hopes today after vital tyre-checking equipment was held up by Indian border officials.

Fans lap up all the action

Spectators poured in at the Buddh International Circuit on Saturday, trying to soak in every bit of the action at India’s debut Grand Prix.

Indian Formula One Grand Prix finale kicks off

The nation's first Formula One Grand Prix grand finale kicked off today with current world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull on pole position and India's Narain Karthikeyan starting from the 23rd position. Top spots | Pics

'F1 will gradually match cricket's popularity in India'

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Sunday said the sport will gradually match the popularity of cricket in India, adding he was satisfied with the organization of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.

Bollywood makes its presence felt at F1 after-party

Unlike day one, the second day of F1 after-party hosted by actor Arjun Rampal saw a number of Bollywood celebrities making their presence felt.

Sebastian Vettel is the champ, India the winner

They came expecting the worst. They left dazzled. Not only did India offer Formula One a racing circuit rivalling the best in the world, it did so with typical Indian warmth. Sukhwant Basra reports. Winner all the way

Mayawati presents winning trophy of Indian GP to Vettel

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Sunday did the honours to bring down curtains on a successful F1 Indian Grand Prix as she presented the winning trophy to German Sebastian Vettel amid loud cheers at the stands.

Tendulkar waves chequered flag as Vettel emerges champion

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, a self-confessed Formula One fan, waved the chequered flag at the end of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, which newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel won at the Buddh International Circuit on Sunday.

2012 driver lineup nears completion

Formula One's driver lineup for 2012 will be almost complete before the end of the current season, after Force India boss Vijay Mallya agreed to Adrian Sutil's request to bring forward his decision on next year's team.

'Fantastic to win first ever Grand Prix of India'

Moments after winning the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, double world champion driver Sebastian Vettel described his performance as "fantastic" and said he is very happy to win the first ever Formula One race hosted by this country.

It’s clean sweep for Lucas Auer

Austrian driver Lucas Auer, nephew of former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger, made it a clean sweep at the Buddh International Circuit, clinching the second race of the JK Racing Asia Series, on Sunday.

King wins MRF Delhi Championship

Highly-rated 17-year-old Jordan King, of Great Britain, claimed top honours in the second and final race of the MRF Delhi Championship at the BIC here on Sunday.

Vettel whets F1 appetite in India

Sebastian Vettel pushed his luck with his race engineer for the second Grand Prix in a row as he set the fastest lap of the race on the very last lap of the inaugural Indian GP that he won after a start-to-finish slugfest with 2009 champion Jenson Button. Vinayak Pande writes. Champ watch

Relaying commands, Formula 1 style

Relaying information from point A to B in motorsports' most basic and grassroots form usually involves nothing more than holding out a board with the most essential information a driver needs to get through the course of a race. Vinayak Pande reports.

‘India should look for world-class F1 drivers’

Former Formula One World champion Jackie Stewart says India now must focus on producing a bunch of world-class drivers after the resounding success of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. The "Flying Scotsman" also feels that it is time F1 had a female driver on the grid.

Schumi Jr turns down Tendulkar's racing series

Michael Schumacer welcomed cricket ace Sachin Tendulkar with open arms in the Formula One paddock at last weekend's Indian Grand Prix. The seven-time F1 world champion's younger brother Ralf proved to be a little less convivial. HT reports.

Moment of anxiety before the start

Hours before the Indian Grand Prix, marshals issued boycott threat to organisers Jaypee Sports Limited (JPSI).

F1's India debut rides high

Despite the fact that Sebastian Vettel secured the season's championship earlier in the year, the maiden Indian GP saw much interest in the subcontinent.

Vettel out of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Double Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel suffered his first retirement of the season on Sunday after his Red Bull spun off at the second corner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The mice come out to play

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the floodlit Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday after Red Bull's double Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel suffered his first race retirement in more than a year. Champ watch

US GP must sign contract by next week

The 2012 US Grand Prix will be canceled unless the Texas organizers sign a contract and prove they have the funding by the end of next week, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said on Thursday.

Texas promoters still hoping GP will go ahead

Texas promoter Tavo Hellmund said he remains hopeful that Austin can still host next year's planned US Grand Prix despite losing the rights to the race and the apparent support of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Petrov apologises for Renault outburst

Russian Formula One driver Vitaly Petrov has apologised to his Renault team for criticising their tactics and pitstops.

2012 United States GP could be cancelled

The 2012 US Grand Prix will be cancelled unless the Texas organizers sign a contract and prove they have the funding by the end of next week, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said on Thursday.

Button expects tighter security in Brazil

The memory of last year's armed attack outside the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit has not dimmed Jenson Button's love of Interlagos as he prepares to return this weekend.

Kubica to miss start of 2012 F1 season

Formula One team Renault has confirmed Robert Kubica will miss at least the early part of the 2012 season as he struggles to recover from serious injuries sustained in a rally crash this year.

Ecclestone dismissive of Austin contract offer

Organisers of a planned US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, have told Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone that they will pay a sanctioning fee for 2012's race if he revises an "unrealistic and unfeasible" contract.
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