Schumacher, Newey and snakes in India

Schumacher, Newey and snakes in India

Last weekend, MARCUS SIMMONS watched some up-and-coming drivers - including a few famous names - enjoy a very different racing experience in Chennai

"We were going to do a track walk. But then someone told me to look out for a cobra at Turn 1, vipers a bit further around, and a group of wild boar. So we didn't do the track walk..."

Warren Hughes is a Chennai old boy - he contested the Madras Grand Prix in the 1990s in its Formula 3 days - and was back at the Irungattukottai track last weekend for the final round of the MRF Challenge. Now his role was as driver coach and engineer to promising Russian Nikita Troitskiy.

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