Sauber F1 CEO Monisha Kaltenborn has said teams arrived in India for the inaugural grand prix with doubts but left impressed with the promotion and planning of the event. On Friday the FIA awarded Jaypee Sports International Limited - the owners of Buddh International Circuit, the Best F1 Race Promoter's Award for 2011.
Interviewed by The Times Of India, Kaltenborn talking about the first Indian grand prix says "People have been very surprised. With all the negative background, we came here with a lot of doubts. Once we saw the track and all the activities planned around it, our perception changed immediately,
"We were all impressed by the unique way in which the media reported the event. I believe other countries can learn from India. The best aspect was the warmth with which we were accepted in this country and it has reflected with the Indian promoter picking up the FIA award last night. Of course, they can correct some things like the dog not running on the track next year!"
Kaltenborn, who was born in India before moving to Austria as a child, would love to pick up a young talented Indian driver for the Sauber line up. "In the Sauber team what matters to us is talent. We have history of picking up young drivers with potential like Kimi Raikkonen, who have gone on to become world champions. I personally would be delighted to see an Indian driver in my team," adds F1's most powerful woman.