There would be barely any person who hasn’t heard the name of the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, especially if you’re from a country that plays the sport (even more so if you’re from the Indian subcontinent). The cricket maestro, who has a number of records to his name in the sport, hung up his bat in 2013 and retired from all formats of the game after an illustrious career spanning over two decades.
His achievements in the field of cricket are quite legendary, of course, but there is another passion that Sachin Tendulkar has held for a long time. He has very often expressed his love for fast cars and racing, publicly as well, and was once the proud owner of a Ferrari 360 Modena which was presented to him by the Formula one legend Michael Schumacher in 2002 on behalf of the Fiat India Ltd. (of which he’d only recently become the brand ambassador).
An avid fan of Formula racing as well, he jumped at the opportunity to wave the chequered flag at the first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in India at the Buddh International Circuit in 2011 and has been spotted at a number of other Formula One events too. Having expressed his desire to drive a Formula One car on quite a few occasions, Sachin Tendulkar got his first taste of Formula racing at the season finale of the MRF Challenge racing series being held at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai in 2013, when he slipped behind the wheel of a customized race car and completed about 10 laps across the circuit.
However, it was only a few days ago that he was able to finally realise his dream of driving a Formula One car on a racing track, when as part of a promotional campaign for Apollo Tyres he got behind the wheels of a Formula One car painted in his national colours in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Barely able to contain his excitement after the drive, Sachin Tendulkar soon posted a video of it from his official twitter account @sachin_rt, ending his tweet saying that “The drive was fun and once I had the hang of it, I could drive faster”.