Greater Noida: Business magnate and Sahara Force India's team principal Vijay Mallya called it a "special and emotional" moment after the inaugural Indian Grand Prix got off to a start with the free practice session on Friday.
"Arriving at the Buddh International Circuit and hearing the sound of Formula One engines in India once again was a very special moment. It's something I have dreamed of for over thirty years and this weekend will be a very emotional one for me," Mallya said.
The saffron-white-green car of Force India, driven by Germany's Adrian Sutil, was first to come out of the pitlane on Friday morning. It was followed by Team Lotus' Indian reserve Karun Chandhok, the second Force India car of Paul di Resta and then India's first F1 racer Narain Karthikeyan in Hispania.