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Motorsport buff Sachin eagerly awaits Indian GP

sports Updated: Oct 23, 2011 02:45 IST

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is excited that the Formula One is coming to the country with the inaugural Indian Grand Prix next week and said that he will support the Sahara Force India team.

"I am excited about Indian Grand Prix F1 race. I will support the Force India team. I have friends like Michael Schumacher but I will support Force India because that is the Indian team and country comes first," Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar, who is passionate about fast cars, has been invited by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone himself to grace the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on October 30.

"I was passionate about cars from a young age," he said

"As I grew up, my passion for fast cars has grown," added the cricket legend.

On which car fascinated him as a child, he said "when I was young I saw a Fiat, Ambassador, at the most a Contessa or a Standard 2000. But my brother and others would discuss about Pala car."

"So, the car I love to drive was Pala," he told UTV-Bloomberg.

Tendulkar witnessed his first F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone in England while he was on the 2002 tour to England and met German legend Michael Schumacher the evening before the race.

In fact, it was Schumacher who presented him with the keys to a Ferrari car which Tendulkar sold to a businessman from Surat a couple of months ago.