Sachin Tendulkar [ Images ], a self-confessed Formula One fan, waved the chequered flag at the end of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix [ Images ], which newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel [ Images ] won at the Buddh International Circuit on Sunday.
Tendulkar, who witnessed the race along with wife Anjali and daughter Sara, did the honours at the end of the race.
Starting from the pole position, Red Bull's Vettel dominated the proceedings and scorched his way to victory with a timing of 1.27:249.
Tendulkar's longtime friend and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher [ Images ], with whom the Indian bastman met before the start of the race, finished fifth.
The lone Indian driver in the fray, Narain Karthikeyan [ Images ] of Hispania finished 17th after starting from the rear of the grid.