Hamilton burns rubber at Mumbai streets
Vodafone India, one of India's leading telecommunications service providers, brought a first-of-its-kind night street race experience to India, as international F1 champion Lewis Hamilton burnt rubber at Mumbai's commercial street corridor at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) on Sunday evening.
Driving his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car, Lewis enthralled the crowd of over 60,000 motor racing fans and loyal customers of Vodafone.
He put his famed driving skills on display and performed hallmark F1 hot laps and 'donuts' to the delight of the mesmerized audience.
Few customers of Vodafone India got the opportunity of a lifetime of riding with Lewis in the sleek Mercedes AMG sports car.
All roads in Mumbai led to BKC on Sunday evening.
The crowd was sizzling with anticipation as Lewis got in his car.
The viewing stands along the1.5 km stretch from ICICI Bldg. to MTNL Bldg., was filled to capacity and onlookers tried to find every nook and corner to get a foothold, as Vodafone India set the stage for India's first night street race event.
To give Mumbaikars a taste of formula one, the entire stretch was done up akin to a race track, complete with stands and the pit garage.
The roar of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car was rivaled by the loud cheers of the crowd, spanning young and old alike, comprising an eclectic mix of socialites, celebrities, politicians, bureaucrats, and the general public.
Popular TV presenters and hosts Manish Paul and Mandira Bedi kept the audience entertained and on their toes, prior to the race and there was a dazzling spectacle of some sporty wizardry and stunning acts by international artists during breaks.
Lewis also interacted with the finalists of the on-going Vodafone 'Drive into the Big League' contest for SMEs in India, which gives one winner of the Grand Finale, a money-can't-buy-chance, to get their logo on the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car that will race in second season of motor racing event in Delhi next month.
Fresh from the nail biting win at the Italian Grand Prix and one week prior to the Singapore Grand Prix, a visibly thrilled Lewis said, "It's amazing how each time I come to India, the experience gets better. I wish to thank Vodafone for giving me this opportunity and for putting up such a fantastic show on a large scale."
"I feel privileged to have presented India's first night street race show on behalf of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. The fans in Mumbai are simply the best and the unbridled love and adulation that I receive here in India is addictive and makes me want to come back for more action and adventure.
"I am really looking forward to racing in India next month and I am sure Indian fans will have a great show to look forward to," he said.