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Sport

Fast and furious for F1
Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times
Delhi, August 21, 2012
First Published: 18:35 IST(21/8/2012)
Last Updated: 00:46 IST(22/8/2012)
The F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix.

Zip, zap, zoom… well, this sound is what he is most thrilled about. Delhi-based Rohit Koul, 23, has earned his share of fame as a popular Formula One driver at a very young age. All set to burn rubber in the upcoming MRF 2012/2013 Challenge at the Buddh International Circuit in October, Koul is one of the Indian drivers to take part in the series.
 
“One step, rather one lap, closer to driving in Formula One. I’ve won several races abroad but this is my chance to prove myself in India, and emerge on top at Asia’s largest Formula series,” says Koul, who is a fan of the three Michaels— Michael Schumacher, Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson.
 
Post the debut of the Indian Grand Prix last October, Koul feels that the sport has become popular in the country. “The sport has picked up in India faster than my car. It beckons me to be myself — driving is self-expression. The pursuit of excellence, victory and perfection fuel me as a person and that is exactly what this beautiful, energetic sport demands,” he adds.So ask him, what’s car racing to him? And he says, “Art + Technology; Science + Faith - it’s divine!”

A true Delhiite at heart, Koul loves to hang out at Hauz Khas Village and Chandni Chowk. “I love the dhabas and paranthewalas around. I believe, you don’t live in Dilli, but it lives in you. The crowd here is supporting and just amazing.”

There’s good news for all the girls out there, Koul is single! Though, he laughs and says, “My dream is to date Fernando Alonso’s brain and Narain Karthikeyan’s heart.”Talking about the connect between Bollywood and motor racing, he says, “There should be more movies on the theme and I should be taken in the lead role…just kidding. Racing is not just a sport, it’s a code of conduct for life and thus several inspirational stories can come from it.”

His word of caution for youngsters? “The sport is not about speed, power or energy. Its about strategy, focus and determination. Its tough— multiple G-forces are not a joke. But nothing beats the dream of representing your motherland and making her proud. Also, the race happens in a circuit— not on the roads and never drunk,” he signs off.


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