By Rajarshi Gupta at BIC
Ecclestone turns 82
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will spend his birthday in India this year. The Briton will turn 82 on Sunday, the final race day of the Indian GP. He still looks in great shape though and his energy as he strode around the BIC in Noida was worth a second look.
Ecclestone also hinted at the possibility of another race track coming up in India over the next four years. The F 1 supremo was quick to rule out a second Indian GP in the immediate future, thanks to some other countries also clamouring to get into the motorsport humdrum.
"We've got too many races now either in the championship or about to go in. So, later on maybe. Three or four years," Ecclestone said.
Tendulkar to miss F1 2012
Sachin Tendulkar, who has been picked with Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan to play for Mumbai in their opening Ranji Trophy game will not come to the BIC this year.
The Master Blaster had waved the chequered flag at the inaugural edition of the Indian GP last year. Tendulkar has never shied away from his love for motorsport and when Michael Schumacher, then a Ferrari driver, gifted him a car from the Italian giants, it marked the beginning of a special friendship between two of the most iconic sporting icons of the modern era.
But as Schumi braces up for one of the very last races of his career, Tendulkar would gear up to play for his native town ahead of a crucial Test series against England.
Ferrari creates a stir
Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will drive with the flag of the Italian Navy on their cars. The Italy based team decided to show some solidarity for two marines from their country, MassimilianoLatorre and Salvatore Girone on board the EnricaLexie'.
The duo has been accused of shooting dead two Indian fishermen in Kerela, having mistaken them for pirates!
However, Ferrari claim their gesture is to pay tribute to all the Italian Navy which is one of the excellences of Italy and it's just a sign of hope that a solution can be found about the case that involves two Italian sailors."
F1 is okay but we want cricket too
An old couple from Yorkshire in England, who were vacationing in India, were lucky to get hold of passes for all three days of the Indian GP. Martha and Peter will gun for Lewis Hamilton, who has put England's name on the pedestal of Formula One.
But the pair, married for close to 40 years, also wants some cricket along the way.
"We will be in India till Chirstmas and wouldn't it be perfect if we could watch one of the Test matches. Peter wants to be in Mumbai for the cricket. Can you help us get tickets,"? Martha pleaded longingly. Talk about sports fanatics. Peter and his wife celebrated their 75th birthdays earlier this year.