Mumbai: Tennis ace Leander Paes has always spoken of his love for the adrenalin rush that comes with wearing India on his sleeve. But on Friday, he revealed to MiD DAY that he has a love for speed and all that goes with it too. "I love Formula One. It's an exhilarating sport with some crazy speed and demands a very high level of fitness," said Paes.
Inevitably, the Indian GP is high on Paes' agenda. "I can't wait for October 30. I think we'll do a great job of the Indian GP. I'm keen to see how it pans out. 110 percent I will be there to watch it in New Delhi," he said.
The five-time Olympian even has an F1 hero. "I've been a huge fan of the late Brazilian Ayrton Senna. He was my hero," said Paes. Senna, 34 years old at the time, was killed after his Williams' Formula One car slammed into a concrete wall while attempting a corner at high speed (about 135 mph) even as he was leading in Lap 6 of the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. The three-time Formula One champion (1988, 1990, 1991) was the last F1 driver to die in a crash.