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Pics: Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes Speedfest with Lewis Hamilton in Mumbai

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It was a high revving Sunday for Mumbai as the finale of the week long Vodafone Speedfest took place at the BKC in Mumbai. 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton took to the streets in his Mclaren Mercedes F1 car and treated enthusiasts by doing what he does best. Going fast. This is the 5th time that Lewis is visiting India. The evening started off with a parade with dancers and jugglers brought down especially for the show. Hosts for the evening Manish Paul and Mandira Bedi interacted with the crowd till the sun set. The best part about this event was that it was an F1 run under the lights and to make it even more exciting the rain gods also played a part by showering rain just before the start of Lewis run.

The flag off was done by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and PWD Minister Chagan Bhujbal. The screamed and shouted as Lewis started off with his runs on intermediate tyres. Though he really didnt go as flat out as he would have liked he entertained the crowd by doing 360 degree donut much to the awe of the viewing public. Later he took some contest winners for a spin in the Mercedes C63 AMG . He also did a round of the whole venue in a truck interacting with the crowd and giving out merchandise. And to please everyone a little more, he did one final run in the Mclaren before saying goodbye this time on slick dry weather tyres. :)

Overall it was a good event and its not everyday that you get to see something like this. I feel more and more F1 teams should look at doing road shows like this considering we now have an Indian GP and F1 awareness has grown leaps and bounds. The last F1 run in Mumbai was done in 2009 by Red Bull and David Coulthard.

Here are some pictures from the event. Other forum members who attended can add their pictures here

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Looks like a wonderfully organised event. Exactly what is expected from Formula 1's top team. Vodafone McLaren's Bangalore event was fantastic last year. They could have only learnt from that. Good of Lewis to still put his heart in these events even when his future with McLaren is in doubt. :)

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A super event for sure. good on Vodafone and Mclaren to bring F1 to the streets of Mumbai to let the common man and enthusiasts to experience the madness of Formula 1 first hand. Lewis is a complete showman and it was nice to see him interacting with the crowd. The engine note of the Mclaren was to die for. Hope to see more runs like these organised regularly.

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