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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.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2011 01:16 IST
Vinayak Pande

Aside from the sound of engines revving, the paddock was treated to the very Indian sound of Bhangra beats. A troupe of Bhangra performers didn't attract much in the way of attention from the local media, but the visiting foreigners couldn't get enough of the novelty and lapped it up. Cliched though it may be, there really is no place like home.

Grumble and groan
Not all the foreign motorsport press was marveling at the 'organized chaos' that is India. Plenty of grumbles about the mad traffic, bureaucracy and of course the very Indian non-committal head waggling that more often than not leads to a promise not being fulfilled. Minor teething troubles at the facility could very well be addressed but the rest is India, take it or leave it.

20 races? Why not 36?
After six drivers faced the press on Thursday in the FIA press conference, it was the turn of the team principals to face the heat. The talk of the F1 calendar getting ever longer was inevitably brought up once more and the men that have to oversee the nightmarish logistics involved in travelling were willing to joke about the prospect of even more races being added to the 19-race calendar. "We could have a race once every two weeks and bring it up to 36," said Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost.