Now that Force India has secured a podium finish in the Belgian Grand Prix, isn’t it about time we had an Indian driver in the hot seat? With rumours that Ferrari may be eyeing Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella, Vijay Mallya and Co. might want to keep a replacement ready, so why not an Indian driver? And where better to scout for talent than saddi Dilli?
The driving ‘skills’ of some of the motorists in Delhi can surely put Jenson Button or Lewis Hamilton to shame. On any given day, you will come across members of the ‘speed breed’ displaying their exemplary driving skills on the Capital’s roads. As the traffic lights turn green (in fact, even before that), they’ll blow their horns with much gusto, as if they all have a flight to catch.
Even without a qualifying race, everyone seems to want a pole position. You have to give them the right of way or be prepared for physical and verbal abuse and/or get your car’s derriere spanked. The larger the vehicle, the greater the swagger. Most are from rich families and drive around in swanky cars with stylish arm candies.
As soon as they spy a smooth stretch, their vehicles shift to take-off mode. Many of them don’t even know what a driving licence looks like, but, what the heck? Blaring songs from their vehicles could easily give a rampaging herd of wild elephants a run for their money.
Well, might not it be a good idea to go after these errant drivers and groom these speedmasters into future F1 champs, before the traffic police gets to them? We’ve only had one Narain Karthikeyan in the F1 and he is not exactly setting the track on fire. Perhaps Delhi’s traffic police could organise practice runs on the Capital’s roads on Sundays to hone the driving skills of these gifted men and women to select the cream of the crop.
With Formula One set to make its Indian debut soon, wouldn’t it be nice if an Indian driver, driving for an Indian team, makes it to the podium? Well, Mr Mallya, are you listening?