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HindustanTimes Sat,01 Nov 2014

Race over, but not their Delhi love!

Sahil Magoo, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 27, 2013
First Published: 17:29 IST(27/10/2013) | Last Updated: 17:31 IST(27/10/2013)

The Indian Grand Prix may have come to an end, but the Formula One racers are still hung over from their great Delhi experience.

German racer Nico Rosberg, for one, makes it clear that his love for the city will never cease to exist, even if this may be his last visit to the country.

“It feels great coming here. I  really like the food ... but I’m careful as the spices at times can be too much,” said the 28-year-old, adding, “The craziest thing that I have done here is that I travelled to Old Delhi in a rickshaw; people gathered around to greet me and it was a nice experience.”

The racer had recently put out a plea to his fans to keep an eye for an original helmet of his being traded on the internet, as his racing helmet was stolen. “It got stolen from the garage. I even uploaded a picture of the thief on Twitter, but we haven’t found him yet. The helmet is special to me because I never really give my helmets out to anyone. There are only two-three helmets that I have given.”

So, what gives him an adrenaline rush when he is racing? “It’s the speed, the challenge and the search for perfection ... dancing on the limits,” said Nico during a virtual race contest organised by Puma. Apart from sports, he is a keen follower of Hollywood flicks and his favourite actor: Mila Kunis. As for seeing him in the movies, “I have thought of it sometimes and I would like to try acting in a movie someday ... maybe in a gangster’s role.”

The curry-ous case of ... Jenson Button
F or the 33-year-old British racer, Indian curries have found a special place in his heart. Confessing his love for them, the racer said, “It is very exciting every time I come here. The first year I was here, it was a new experience for me to get used to another culture. I love the food, be it the curries or good spicy Indian food.” And he stands as impressed by the Indian racing track. “For a racing driver, the most important thing is a good circuit, a good layout. Some of the circuits around the world have been built in a way that you have to start-stop. The circuit here is very different and it has got everything that a driver wants. The crowd has always been good. It’s a pleasure to come here and enjoy,” he shared.

What gives him an adrenaline rush?
Fighting for a win with the best of guys from all over the world. If it was easy, it would have been boring. So, having that competition means a lot

Jenson Button, racer
Love the food, but talk of being on time!: Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta
For Adrian Sutil (R) and Paul di Resta (far right), India is a sweet-sour mix. Asked them about the best and worst of India, the Force India racers were refreshingly honest. “The people here in India are warm, and the food although a little too spicy, is amazing. It is also very famous back home in the UK,” said Di Resta, who hails from Scotland, at an event organised by Kingfisher Premium. “I would like though that the people here be a little more aligned to following a time schedule,” the 27-year-old added. To this, Sutil said, “The culture, the food, the people and the view ... it is all wonderful in India, but I wish the traffic was better!”
- Mahim Gupta


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