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PHOTOS: 2013 Indian F1 Grand Prix devoid of celebrity quotient

Last updated on: October 27, 2013 16:57 IST

Michibata was the centre of attraction at the Indian GP

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A sari-clad Jessica Michibata, a fashion model and girlfriend of McLaren driver Jenson Button, stole the limelight in the paddock of the 2013 Indian Grand Prix, which was devoid of colour and celebrity quotient.

In the absence of top Indian celebrities, it was Michibata, born to an Argentine father and Japanese mother, who turned out to be the centre of attraction at the BIC.

Wearing a traditional pink sari, Michibata was in huge demand among the Indian media.


Image: Jessica Michibata
Photographs: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

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Spotted: Shashi Tharoor, Niki Lauda at Indian F1 Grand Prix

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With uncertainty looming large over the future of the Indian GP after it has been scrapped from the 2014 calendar, there was hardly any buzz around the event this time.

Bollywood actor and a big fan of Formula One, Gulshan Grover was the first to arrive at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, on Sunday.

Among others celebrities who were spotted at the BIC were actress Gul Panag, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda Pushkar, ace double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi, chairman of Sahara India Pariwar and part owner of Sahara Force India team Subrata Roy and his wife Sapna Roy and Force India team principal Vijay Mallya.


Image: Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda
Photographs: Sheela Bhatt

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The current edition of the race was a complete contrast of the inaugural Indian GP where glitz and glamour was in full show.

Even F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who was present during the first two Indian GPs, gave the 2013 race a miss, raising further doubts about the sport's future in the country.


Image: Fans outside Sebastian Vettel's pit garage
Photographs: Sheela Bhatt

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