Sebastian Vettel has won the inaugural Indian GP. The youngest champ flew off at the start dodging his team mate Mark Webber who lost 2 places to finish a disappointing 4th.
Jenson Button came home 2nd followed by a very nicely framed race by Fernando Alonso in 3rd.
As the five lights went off, the first corner caused a stir amongst the backmarkers which Narain Karthekeyan used for his advantage and stuck all along to finish a very impressive 17th.
The two Force India’s had a mixed result with Adrian Sutil finishing in the points at 9th position and Paul Di Resta on 13th after a slow start and a bad pit stop (the team gets the blame here)
Other highlight of the race was Michael Schumacher’s awesome jump to 5th position. His resilience has been paying well in the recent races and he showed a lot of character with his composed finish. The Massa-Hamilton rivalry took another turn today which ruined Massa’s race with a suspension damage and Hamilton a lowly 7th.
Lots of non finishers meant, it was a tough track to tackle the elevation changes. The worst hit were the Sauber, Virgin and Williams with one car retired each.
2011 Indian GP was an entertaining affair with the Bollywood brigade in the stands and some heat and burnt tires on the track. The icing was Sachin Tendulkar waving the chequered flag.
In the scheme of things, Indian GP looks poised to become a popular Asian fixture in the calender and we cannot wait for more!