Lady Gaga India Formula One Debut
October 28, 2011 by staff
Lady Gaga India Formula One Debut, India expects a successful Formula One race this dazzling weekend will prove it can hold a high profile international sporting event after all.
The rock band Metallica and pop star Lady Gaga are among those reserved to carry out during the weekend in India welcomes Formula One for the first time in the 400 000 000 and Buddh International Circuit in periphery of the Indian capital.
Organizers hope the event goes smoothly to justify the huge expense in a country with a GDP per capita of only 1477 y.
However, as India looks to bury the bad memories of organizational chaos in the Games last year of the Commonwealth, there have been setbacks and the Grand Prix, including frequent blackouts and the suspension of the first practice session on Friday by a dog on the track.
In addition, planned on Friday night Metallica concert, part of the F1 Rocks live musical event, was postponed until Saturday due to “technical difficulties”.
However, ticket sales have been encouraging, despite the cost and 50, which is beyond the means of many people in India.
“The people here are fans, crazy about racing,” said the McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton told reporters before the event. “You’d think they’re more excited about the cricket, but the truth is that I feel are so enthusiastic about racing.”
Cricket is the most popular sport in the country and is followed by the rich and the poor. It received a boost earlier this year when India won the World Cup in April.
Cricket has also found a new audience from the start of the India Premier League in 2008, adding a touch of glamor to the sport with Indian film stars like Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty own stakes in franchises.
Hamilton is in his fifth visit to the country and said that Formula 1 drivers are the stars now.
“They wanted to see me, touch me, see my car. In a case of 5,000 and 40,000 people are expected to be presented. I hope you see what kind of crazy here during the weekend,” said Hamilton.
The Jaypee Group has spent over 200 million and the construction of the complex of the track and almost the same in other costs after the 10-year concession rights for the event, which will attract entrepreneurs, movie stars and players cricket.
Although it is a private company, some think it’s a waste of money to focus so heavily on the sports of the super-rich.
“I feel very bad because it has nothing to do with 99 percent of Indians” retired sprinter PT Usha of India told the Press Trust of India this week.
Double Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel feels the difference in India puts life in perspective.
“We went to the Taj Mahal, which is a very touristy thing to do, but the return unit teaches you a lot about the country, about what is happening and how people live,” he said.
“Compared with Europe, the standard of living is much lower, but people do not seem to make a difference. They are happy, always friendly. Definitely bring your feet on the ground in many ways, do you understand many things.”
The same site has been built on land acquired from farmers, who had threatened to protest during the Grand Prix against what they considered insufficient compensation.
However, Jaypee Group Managing Director Manoj Gaur dismissed the threats to the event earlier this month.
“There is no dispute in any area of ??our property,” he told a news conference. “And there is no threat to the event.”
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