Despite some well-publicised (and not unexpected!) organisational issues, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix has been declared a resounding success by those in the sport.

And it wouldn’t be a showcase weekend without a good dose of local and international celebrities on-hand – let’s have a crack at some star-spotting from the Buddh International Circuit…

Gallery: Indian GP Celebrities

With India’s Bollywood film industry pumping out more films than Hollywood, it was of course little surprise to see some big-name stars on hand – local actors Gulshan Grover and Shah Rukh Khan were among those spotted mingling in the paddock.

Balancing it out was a touch of Hollywood (albeit from the British side), with Mr Bean funnyman Rowan Atkinson on hand as a guest of McLaren. Sadly this motoring junkie’s recent accident in his own McLaren super car rubbed off on Lewis Hamilton, who crashed his McLaren MP4/26 into Felipe Massa…

Sports stars were also well accounted, with the cricket-mad nation’s finest also being part of the lucky brigade of VIP guests. Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar was given the honour of waving the chequered flag; he was joined by his fellow team-mates, batsman Verinder Sehwag and controversial spin bowler Harbhajan Singh.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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