With the Buddh International Circuit in Noida set to host the Indian GP on Sunday in a week, F1 fans in India are excited as they get set to jet off for what will be the last race until 2015.
Fans and F1 lovers in India were shocked when the Indian GP was not included in the 2014 F1 calender. Touted as the best race in terms of management, the Indian GP was hailed by the F1 community since its debut in the 2011 season.
Political reasons have been cited by F1 supremo Bernie Eccelstone for the reason why the Indian GP has been axed but the organisers of the race Jaypee Sports are hopeful that the Indian GP will be back on the calender in 2015.
Sebastian Vettel who has won both the Indian GP races so far is on the cusp of his fourth, historic F1 World Championship title. On Sunday, the German could win the title and join Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio as the only F1 drivers to win four titles on the trot.
Jasmin Patil, 28, a bank executive said, "I am a big F1 fan. I have managed to save some money and am going for the race this year as I am not sure if there will be another Indian GP in the future or not."
Lalit Yadav, 50, a musician said, "Watching Sebastian Vettel win the race and the title will be awesome. Brazil, Abu Dhabi and other countries have had the privilege of being the tracks that saw the crowning of an F1 champ and now India could get the same opportunity. I am really excited to be part of what could be a historic race."
Pawan Jaiswal, 36, an architect said, "The lower ticket prices this year is a great thing but the fact that the future of the race is uncertain is really sad. I am really excited at the prospect of seeing F1 up close and personal."
Tarun Gor, 24, a student said, "I have had the good fortune of being able to attend the last two races and am on for a hat-trick this year. I am as excited as I was when I attended the inaugural race in 2011. Vettel has won the last two races and I expect him to win again and clinch the title, he is on a total roll. This is true dominance."