I'm not a big fan of the World Cup, but I think football is one of the best sports because it requires a lot of stamina. Running up and down for 90 minutes requires incredible strength. Like in the case of a race driver, a footballer's mind is constantly at work. Let's not forget that it's a technical sport. These are some of the reasons I really look up to football. My school-going cousin is a footballer, and I tried playing with him. Alas, I ended up fracturing my toe.
I used to be a fan of Germany because of Michael Ballack. During the last World Cup, I was on my toes supporting Germany even though Ballack was ruled out due to injury. Now that he is not there, I am going to support Portugal because I love Cristiano Ronaldo. He's got the looks as well as the game. I believe looks and prowess go hand in hand. That's why I am fond of Maria Sharapova. She makes sure she looks beautiful on the tennis court. She is really hot. Ditto with Ronaldo.
I am also a Lionel Messi fan. I have a T-shirt with Messi's picture. I used to watch his videos on YouTube. Whenever I go to the Middle East, I see all my friends playing or talking football. This keeps me connected to the sport
—The writer is the only woman motor racing driver in India. She spoke to Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya