F1 Diary: Indian Grand Prix

Sunday saw celebrities pour in at the BIC as India braced up for their second Grand Prix. An ESPNSTAR.com round up.

Virat Kohli

By Rajarshi Gupta at BIC

Kohli, Yuvraj walk in

Virat Kohli, in the midst of a sensational run with the bat and Yuvraj Singh, on a comeback trail after a successful battle with cancer strode into the F1 Paddock Club relaxed and calm- far from the pressing matters of scoring runs for India. The cricketing superstars still managed to hog the limelight as paparazzi and fans chased the duo for photographs- they were only too happy to oblige.

What lay ahead at the Paddock Club would make their Sunday while the others had to brave a sharp October sun to watch the biggest racing stars of the world strut their machines.

Sania walks-in, escorted by Malik

As the beasts of the tracks blasted their way through the BIC, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza walked in, looking resplendent in white top and big glares. A few steps behind her, followed husband and Pakistan cricketer Shoiab Malik, seemingly overawed by the big occasion and the bigger stars who were to be their companions for the afternoon. As Sania bristled with her usual confidence and grace, Malik struggled to keep pace with his starry wife, prompting some uncharitable comments from motley crowd assembled around the paddock.

Sridevi wins hearts

Minutes before the flag-off, there was some activity near the entry stairs to the Paddock Club. Bollywood film producer Bonny Kapoor showed up followed by his superstar wife, Sridevi, who made her comeback with an Indian movie recently. The actor looked every bit as glamorous as her onscreen presence and politely agreed to a photo-op with the media- but as she called her husband over, Bonny broke the chain of command, quipping: “Sorry guys, we are late. We’ll do this later.”

Not far from where they stood, Anil Kapoor, another Bollywood megastar smiled and greeted fans with his usual charisma.

Karthikeyan gets a loud cheer

Narain Karthikeyan may not be anywhere in the reckoning to win a race in the immediate future but the Indian driver got the loudest cheer as the drivers paraded around the track before the start of the race. Driving in front of his home crowd, the HRT driver wanted to make the most of the massive support at the BIC but could only disappoint as he was left struggling at the bottom end of the tail.

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