Fresh from his controversial weekend of action in Singapore, Lewis Hamilton gave Indian F1 fans reason to cheer after completing a demonstration run in front of a crowd of 40,000 in Bangalore.
The event, organised by McLaren sponsor Vodafone, saw the Briton thrill crowds at the wheel of the MP4-23 he used to secure the 2008 title and came ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the end of October.
“It's incredible,” he said. “I've visited India many times over the last couple of years and it's never been more exciting to be here than now: the inaugural Indian Grand Prix is only weeks away and you can really feel the growing passion of the people and the excitement levels continuing to build.
“Vodafone has been supporting our team and Formula 1 for many years and they've always brought grand prix racing to the people: getting to drive my Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car on India's public roads today was an incredible experience and I really hope it gave people a taste for the incredible spectacle of Formula 1.
“There's no better way to experience F1 than up close, so I think today's event was a huge success. Next month's Indian Grand Prix is going to be a fantastic event for our sport, but also for the whole Indian nation, who are incredibly passionate about sport.”