Amazing to see the rise of F1 in India: Hamilton

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New Delhi, Oct 27: Amazed to see the rapid rise of Formula One in India, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton said the F1 race here could become one of the best of the year given the country's potential.

"It is amazing to see the rise of India in Formula One. From a driver (Narain Karthikeyan), to a team and then a Grand Prix in a matter of few years shows the potential of the country," the 2008 F1 champion told PTI in an interview.

"I am amazed at the development and rise of Formula One in India in a matter of few years. India will become a major destination on the F1 calendar in the coming years," he said.

Inspired by the vibrant colours of India, Hamilton will be sporting a specially designed helmet during the Indian GP.

"I try and play with the design of my helmet in a few races around the year. Be it the first race of the season, or Monaco, Silverstone or the season-ending Brazil GP. Indian GP is a very special race for me and hence, I have designed a special helmet," said Hamilton.

"It has the 'Holi' effect with different colours like the beautiful and colourful festival in India and also has a special message in Hindi meaning Believe in yourself enough and anything is possible," added Hamilton.

Hamilton felt that Narain Karthikeyan's move to Force India would do wonders as he is presently driving a slower car in HRT.

The Brit said the Indian driver has not been able to drive a competitive car until now due to which he has not secured any good results.

"Not all drivers get fast cars. But, if Karthikeyan was to get to race for Force India, just I drive for a British team, it can work wonders and do great for both the driver and the car." Hamilton is disappointed at how the season has panned out for the Woking-based Mclaren outfit so far.

PTI

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