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Shilpa Shetty, along with beau Raj Kunder, participated in the inaugural Formula One World Singtel Singapore Grand Prix held from September 26-28. The first Formula One event under floodlights had Fernando Alonso winning his first 2008 victory. Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, Damon Hill and his wife Georgie, and Jody Scheckter and Mika Hakkinnen were also present at the event.
Recalling the event, the actress says from Singapore, "It was fantastic! The rush of adrenalin and the palpable energy was awesome! I had gone to attend the event on the invitation of Bernie Ecclestone (CEO, Formula One Management) Though Singapore is a big hub for Asians, I was invited through Britain (Shilpa had won the TV show Big Brother last year) not India though I cheered for Force India team."
Shilpa wore a French designer outfit, which she bought in Miami, when she was there for I had shot there for Dostana. Though Shilpa's favourite is Lewis Hamilton, it was Spanish driver Fernando Alonso who won the game. Shilpa says, "It's not important who won. I stood there like a fan watching the likes of Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton start the race right in front of me. I couldn't get to meet them as just before take off they don't meet people but concentrate on the run. I was excited just watching them up close and personal."
The actress who loves fast cars adds, "I am petrified of driving. However I might risk it on the racetrack. It's a heady feeling to drive a powerful car with high speed." After the finals on Sunday night, Shilpa went on a shopping spree with boyfriend Raj Kundra and her agent. "I have just bought lots of clothes, shoes and bags. I love shopping and can shop anywhere. It was great to have Raj with me."
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