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‘Your sports minister doesn’t understand F1’

india Updated: Oct 12, 2009 00:48 IST
KR Guruprasad
KR Guruprasad
Hindustan Times
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David Coulthard, who is in India for a promotional event, said sports minister M.S. Gill did not understand Formula One.

Reacting to the sports minister’s comment that F1 was not a sport, Coulthard said: “I think it is unfortunate that your sports minister clearly does not understand F1. It is a very hi-tech sport. Which means it is not something you can do on a playground.”

“It involves machinery, skilled designers, mechanics, engineers, media and marketing. So many aspects go into making an f1 team,” he said.

“F1 is a great showcase around the world for engineering excellence. But I would suggest to your minister that if India wants to showcase the advances in the world of engineering and design, and the highly skilled work force you have here then F1 is the best place to do that.”

Fast and furious

List down the things that can be done in three minutes. Instant noodles, sharpen a pencil, 20 push-ups and if you are David Coulthard, driving up and down the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in a Formula One car.

Crazy as it sounds, the Scottish former F1 driver made a mockery of the 50kmph speed limit signboard on the 6km long sea link.

He stepped on the gas and let the Red Bull F1 car notch up a max speed of 260kmph. Earlier, authorities had set a speed limit of 100kmph for the F1 car.

“I didn’t have a speedometer in the car,” Coulthard said later. “I was trying to judge what an 100kmph feels like. But unfortunately I have spent my life driving at 200 miles an hour and so am not very good at judging the speed.

“I apologise if I may have gone slightly over the speed limit.”