By Rajarshi Gupta at BIC
Mallya scorches the circuit
Vijay Mallya may have been in the face of some heat over Kingfisher Airlines’ diminishing fortunes but the Force India owner showed no signs of intrigue and frustration as he strode behind the pit lane access zones chatting up with staff from different teams. A team principal was seen turning on his stride to greet Mr Mallya. The liquor baron was clearly at ease at the Buddh, having left behind his concerns with the Airlines.
Earlier, Mallya entered the racing tracks in a very combative mood, blasting the Indian media for their negative press on Kingfisher.
"You believe that Indian papers have any credibility?" Mallya thundered when asked about the media’s opinion on his Airlines. "There is no libel law in India so there is nothing you can do to bring them to book," Mallya went on.
It was therefore nice to see Mallya stride with a smile- never a pleasant sight to see the big man booming in an angry voice.
Coulthard with the mike
McLaren legend David Coulthard may have finished with racing but he still has a role to play. The legendary driver who retired as a Red Bull driver, was seen wielding the microphone as he interviewed a disappointed Jenson Button who finished fourth in the Saturday Qualifying.
People were more glued into Button for obvious reasons, a modern day F 1 star but a few of the old timers were quick to spot Coulthard and make a bee line for autographs. The former champion was more than happy to oblige, even stopping to get clicked with fans.
Horses or cars?? Vettel keeps his cool
As Vettel, Webber and Hamilton addressed the media after the final qualifying on Saturday, a smart-aleck from the crowded press room thought it was a good idea to ask Vettel why he patted his car like a horse.
While the entire room was in splits, Vettel managed a wry smile and settled down to a composed answer. Much to his credit, the Red Bull driver was patient enough to give the man a longish answer before smirking once again at the lack of common sense to a question in the presence of substantial international media.
Vettel makes India his ‘own’
Sebastian Vettel went one step further on his way to marking absolute authority at the Buddh International Circuit. The Red Bull driver won the 35th pole of his career in Noida and looks good to win the Indian GP on Sunday. That would make a fine two out of two for the German driver at the BIC.