A stray dogs inaugural Indian GP practice run

October 28th, 2011 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Greater Noida, Oct 28 (IANS) Dog dammit. A stray dog delayed the first practice session of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the state-of-the-art Buddh International Circuit here Friday.

A dog was seen on the track before the start of the session but was shooed away by the organisers. The problem arose when another one stopped the proceedings at the widely praised facility that cost the Jaypee Group approximately $400 million.

Race organisers chased down the dog in a safety car before resuming the session.

Team Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok, who became the first driver to set a time in the practice session, played down the incident saying it was a minor thing to have happened.

“These things happen everywhere. I saw a naked man running in German Grand Prix and a giraffe in Brazil,” Chandhok told IANS.

“It was an honour for me to set the first timed lap in front of the fans. It was an extraordinary moment for me and a very emotional one,” said Chandhok, who was 19th fastest in the opening session and won’t be driving the Sunday’s race.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton topped the session before being penalised with the three grid positions for the race day for ignoring the yellow flag towards the end of the session.

Sauber’s Sergio Perez was another driver penalised.

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