It is two thirty in the morning and we just had lunch. GP+ is out. The newsletter is finished. I am in the lounge (no airline mentioned) in Delhi. I have had a couple of glasses of wine and that has done wonders for the blood sugar level. I have dealt with all the normal abuse on the blog and I am waiting to get on the plane so that I can have some sleep, as it has been a while since I did any serious zzz-pushing. Still, I had a great time in India. A really great time. I absolutely loved the place. The bureaucratic stuff was a pain – particularly for a journalist – but it was worth the effort.
And for those who still have doubts, listen to the words of SebVet on the subject:
“I think some things are very difficult to imagine for us,” he said. “If you look where we come from, I think it’s hard to imagine things if you haven’t seen them. The really surprising bit for us… where sometimes you measure happiness in our lives, in our world, with what you have achieved, what you have etc. For the people here, it doesn’t really matter, they’re happy with what they have, even if you compare they have so little, but they are happy and friendly, helpful, respectful. Obviously I haven’t spent a lot of time here, so I can’t judge as well as people from India, but it was very inspiring when I had a bit of time to spend in the country.
“I went to see the Taj Mahal which is obviously a tourist-y thing to do, but driving there by car, and not falling asleep because the roads were pretty… it was a good adventure. It opens your eyes, as long as you allow yourself to look at certain things, so I think it was an inspiration and something that you should never forget.”
Asked again about India, he said: “You obviously only know from what people tell you. To be honest I didn’t expect anything really. I heard a lot of good things, I heard a lot of bad things. I prefer to come here myself and take a look, so I took a little bit of time to have a look outside the circuit. Basically what I saw is very inspiring, it’s very different. I think you will find the same if you go there. Sometimes it’s difficult to imagine for us, which is why I think you really have to come here, but it’s a country that I think is very interesting to travel around, because I think there are a lot of things you can learn. Some things you have to get used to, because they are so different, but it’s not a drama, it’s a different culture, the people are different.
“But as I said, they are very helpful, very friendly and happy, so that’s a good thing.”
When I get back to Paris, I will start spilling a few beans about the forthcoming F1 Commission. There is some really interesting stuff on the agenda.