The vast sub-continent of India is almost ready for its Formula 1 baptism, as the circus rolls into the Buddh International Circuit for the 17th event of the 19-round season. Ahead of the country joining the 30 others to have hosted world championship grands prix, AUTOSPORT helps to build on the excitement already clearly felt by the Indian people.
Indian motorsport primemovers Vijay Mallya (owner of the Force India team) and Vicky Chandhok (father of current racer Karun) recall the time they brought F1 machinery to their country in 1982, in the form of a thrash around a Chennai airfield. The Madras Grand Prix pitched an assortment of F1 and F5000 weaponry together and drew a massive crowd, as our pictures show.
Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok have flown the flag for India in international racing for several years and here they tell Edd Straw why F1's arrival in the country is a massive coup for this rapidly growing motosport fan base.
Mark Hughes column - Our resident grand prix editor ponders how he'll sort out the order of his annual top-10 driver ratings, although choosing a number one probably won't take very long.
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