German double World Champion Sebastian Vettel led from pole to perfection for the umpteenth time this season, at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix and deservedly received the chequered flag from another Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar at the Buddh International Circuit here yesterday.
Statistically speaking, Vettel's win yesterday was his 11th victory in 17 races this season and also had the 24-year-old setting a record for the most laps led in a single season by any driver, overtaking Britain's 1992 champion Nigel Mansell Vettel (1:30:35.002 seconds) led from start to finish quite comfortably in the end though he admitted later that it was tough to hold off McLaren's Jenson Button (1:30:43.435 secs), who came in second, in the middle stages.
Especially with having to constantly see the Briton "in the (rear view) mirrors and refusing to disappear." They were joined atop the podium by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso (1:30: 59.303). However, Vettel refused to go over the top in celebration as he paid tribute to Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli who were killed recently in an Indy Car and MotoGP crash respectively.
"I'm very proud to win this inaugural Indian GP but my heart also goes out to Dan and Marco. I didn't know Dan but I just got to know Marco and they were both fantastic racers," he said. The German also said he was going back home a wiser human being. "Coming from Europe, we take a lot of things for granted (given a better lifestyle) but if you observe the people in India they have very little but they are much happier than Europeans, simply because they have more friends. When you die you don't take away your riches with you, but these relationships," he said.
Vettel knows Hindi
Finally, the speedster could not help but confess his love for Indian women. "Dhanyawaad... aapki aankhein bahut khoobsurat hai (thank you, your eyes are beautiful)," he said in chaste Hindi. "Obviously that's for the ladies of India. There are beautiful women here. And as for the race, this race definitely has it to be one of the great races of the season in the years to come. I'm already looking forward to coming back here next year," he said.
Indian GP results
1: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull),
2: Jenson Button (McLaren),
3: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari),
4: Mark Webber (Red Bull),
5: Michael Schumacher (Mercedes GP),
6: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP),
7: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren),
8: Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso),
9: Adrian Sutil (Force India),
10: Sergio Perez (Sauber),
13. Paul di Resta (Force India),
17: Narain Karthikeyan (Hispania)