Even after being one of the most awaited events of the year, the first day of the Formula One after-party lacked star glamour with few celebs and no racers attending.
"F1 racers aren't here today cause they have a rule of not partying before the race," said actor Arjun Rampal [ Images ], who is hosting the after parties on all three days at Jaypee Integrated Sports Complex.
"I am glad that I have got the opportunity to host an event like this. Formula One is a very glamorous sport and we have all the F1 bosses and socialites of Delhi [ Images ] present.
You will see the drivers, Bollywood celebs and Lady Gaga [ Images ] on Sunday," he added.
Rampal, who is the co-owner of Lap, which is organizing the after-parties for F1, assured that Sunday's party will be a much grander event with Lady Gaga's performance and Bollywood's A-listers like Shah Rukh Khan [ Images ], Hrithik Roshan [ Images ] and Sonam Kapoor [ Images ] attending.
Friday night's bash happened to be the 81st birthday party of Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone [ Images ], who was accompanied by Rampal on the red carpet. "All the drivers are very happy with the tracks. And I think India [ Images ] has a great potential and we can sustain the momentum by frequent participation," said Ecclestone.
With none of the F1 racers present at the event except Narain Karthikeyan [ Images ], who left the venue within half an hour, others attending Friday night's bash were host Arjun Rampal, Sussanne Roshan, Chunky Pandey [ Images ], Priya Sachdev, Rahul Dev [ Images ], actress Shweta Salve [ Images ], designers Rohit Bal, Tarun Thailiani and JJ Vallaya.
Internationally known DJ Roger Sanchez played for the night and looked dapper in a T-shirt, jeans and a cap.
"I am excited to play here and am looking forward to the crowd inside. F1 is my favourite and I am happy to be here. I have performed in India before and just love the vibe in here. There won't be Bollywood music tonight as I didn't get enough time to listen to the tracks," Sanchez said.