Mumbai: Lewis Hamilton scorched the streets of Mumbai on Sunday. The F1 star was in the city to participate in an event organized by a mobile phone company titled 'Vodafone Speed Fest'.
Mumbai experienced its first street racing event on Sunday evening and thousands of fans arrived to witness Hamilton display his skills. They were not disappointed as as he sped down the track.
As Hamilton raced down the streets of the city's swanky new commercial hub - Bandra-Kurla Complex - the screaming fans greeted the star with a lot of enthusiasm. The slight drizzle towards the start of the event failed to dampen spirits. Hamilton did multiple laps with screaming fans egging him on.
The race was flagged off by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in the presence of Public Works Department and Tourism Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, among other dignitaries.
Lewis Hamilton, fresh from his win at the Italian Grand Prix last week, told NDTV that he loved the fans in India. He also admitted that he needed to learn more Hindi, adding that he was looking forward to the Indian Grand Prix later this year.
Just a week ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix night race, Hamilton showcased his skills as he drove his MP4-27 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car, leaving the audience spellbound.
As Hamilton's drive came to an end, he greeted fans who had lined up all along the track. He also took a few fans, who had won a contest, for a spin. They described the event as 'unforgettable'.
Speaking to NDTV earlier in the day, Hamilton said which team he will race for in the next season is still undecided. He also added that while the season has turned out as he expected, there was considerable scope of bridging the gap between him and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
As India prepares for another season of F1 action, Mumbai will not forget this amazing experience in a rush.