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Hamilton wows Indian crowds on streets of Bangalore 27 Sep 2011

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, Bangalore demonstration run, September 27 2011 McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, Bangalore demonstration run, September 27 2011 McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, Bangalore demonstration run, September 27 2011

The residents of Bangalore enjoyed a taste of Formula One action on Tuesday as McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton took to the streets of the India city in his 2008 world championship-winning MP4-23. Over 40,000 fans lined the temporary track to watch the show and witness the unique sight and sound of a Formula One car up close, ahead of the country’s inaugural race next month.

“It’s incredible,” explained the British driver. “I’ve visited India many times over the last couple of years and it’s never been more exciting to be here than now: the inaugural Indian Grand Prix is only weeks away and you can really feel the growing passion of the people and the excitement levels continuing to build.

“Vodafone has been supporting our team and Formula One for many years and they’ve always brought Grand Prix racing to the people: getting to drive my Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car on India’s public roads today was an incredible experience and I really hope it gave people a taste for the incredible spectacle of Formula One.

“There’s no better way to experience F1 than up close, so I think today’s event was a huge success. Next month’s Indian Grand Prix is going to be a fantastic event for our sport, but also for the whole Indian nation, who are incredibly passionate about sport."

The 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India will take place at the Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi on October 28-30.

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