Greater Noida: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, a self-confessed Formula One fan, waved the chequered flag at the end of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, which newly-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel won at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on Sunday.

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Tendulkar, who witnessed the race along with wife Anjali and daughter Sara, did the honours at the end of the race.

Starting from the pole position, Red Bull's Vettel dominated the proceedings and scorched his way to victory with a timing of 1.27:249.

McLaren Mercedes' Jenson Button (1.27:967s) came second while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso (1.28:298) completed the podium standings.

Tendulkar's longtime friend and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, with whom the Indian batsman met before the start of the race, finished fifth while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took the winners trophy .

(Agencies)