By Shrikant Shankar
With the Indian Grand Prix all set for its second edition, the whole country is buzzing with excitement. McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, who attended a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday, was thrilled to be part of the second Indian GP.
The 2008 driver’s world champion said, “I am thrilled to be here as this is my seventh trip to India. I feel like this is my second home. The people are so welcoming. Hope this year we have more fans supporting us.”
Hamilton is currently lying in fourth position in the driver’s championship, 62 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, with four races to go. He said the prospects of him winning the driver’s title are bleak.
“Theoretically it’s still possible but realistically speaking, I don’t think we have much chance to win the championship. Now our main aim is to try and make McLaren win the constructor’s championship,” he added.
Hamilton will be leaving McLaren to join Mercedes for the 2013 season. He said: “I would have liked to leave McLaren by winning the title this season. We were on form till the Singapore Grand Prix, but somehow it has not worked out very well from then on.”
“If we did not have those problems, we would have been the better team by now. Overall, it hasn’t been a great year for us and we have not been fighting enough for the whole season.”
The British driver would be teaming-up with Nico Rosberg and would be replacing seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who will retire from the sport at the end of the season.
“Michael has done more than anyone for Formula 1. It would be a privilege to jump into his seat. I have been lucky to have been in the sport when he has been around as well. They are big shoes to fill and I hope I can do it,” Hamilton concluded.
Come Friday, India will yet again get ready for one of the most iconic weekends in its sporting calendar. The buzz and excitement is sure to attract all kinds of sportspersons and celebrities. All eyes will be on the Buddh International Circuit from October 26 to 28!
By Shrikant Shankar