When Sachin Tendulkar was asked in 2004 about the possibility of India hosting a Formula One race in a few years’ time, he said: “I hope that it happens because there are plenty of Formula One fans in India. It’s a new sport that is picking up very quickly and the new generation is hooked.”
The time has come and on Sunday, world cricket’s biggest draw will witness a historic event in Indian sports as the nation hosts its first Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.
“I’m really excited about this event. I was invited by Bernie Ecclestone (Formula One boss) on the last tour of England,” Tendulkar said. The batting maestro is recovering from a toe injury that has kept him out of the ongoing India against England one-day series.