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Old 3rd April 2007, 19:08   #1
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Like every other lazy weekends i was flipping through the papers and saw this.

Schumi getting F1 to Mumbai


Vijay Mallya and Delhi can wait. Grand Prix racing will probably come to Mumbai before the King of Good Times convinces the capital to let Formula One cars race around Rajpath. Efforts are seriously on in this direction by Vilasrao Deshmukh’s government.
And who better to pitch in and help Mumbai get Grand Prix status than former F1 champion Michael Schumacher! Yes, the man who drove Ferrari to several Grand Prix triumphs was in Mumbai last week on Deshmukh’s invite. It is understood cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and photographer Atul Kasbekar, who know Schumacher somewhat, were instrumental in getting him down.

Schumacher slipped into the city unnoticed by his legion of fans on Thursday evening. He stayed overnight at a suburban hotel and was flown by F1 aficionado Gautam Singhania in his private chopper to Pune the next morning. Schumacher is supposed to have studied the 120-km curving asphalt track of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway closely from the air.

After landing in Pune, he got behind the wheel of a twin-seater sports Merc and zoomed off in the direction of the Expressway from that city’s Shivaji Nagar airport. The car, too, is said to belong to Singhania.

The German racing hero, who believes accelerators are meant to be stepped on, drove from Pune to Mumbai at a breath-taking pace. Singhania, who is a speed fiend himself, said he was impressed with the way Schumacher handled his car.

In the absence of Ferrari’s dazzling red formula car, the Merc served as his test vehicle for the condition of the road. Schumacher expressed satisfaction when the duo made a pit stop at Lonavla. "It is possible to conduct a Grand Prix here," he said, flashing his brilliant smile at us.

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was ecstatic. "The race has begun to get F1 to Mumbai," he said giving the thumbs-up sign. "I will sign Schumacher on as our consultant and get working on the logistics and infrastructure." Hopefully, Mumbai will be added to the crowded March-to-October F1 calendar from 2009.

Schumacher, meanwhile, is likely to return to Mumbai on April 12, after attending the Sepang Grand Prix in Malaysia next Sunday.

Source : TOI

Is this true..... Any Idea Guys ?
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It was an 1st April prank Sinner. Didn't you go through this thread?
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This is an April Fool joke as gr8 guzzler pointed out. Check out pg.3 of Bombay Times, the same edition in which it had appeared for clarification.........
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