Gaurav Gill is the first motorsport driver to be conferred the Arjuna award. He has been hospitalized but is learnt to be out of danger. His car, however, has reportedly been seized by angry villagers.
Lewis Hamilton's lead over his closest rival Valtteri Bottas was cut to 62 points from 65 in the Championship standings. Charles Leclerc, however, with his second consecutive win, made a statement of his intent at Monza.
The 21-year-old, in his first season with Ferrari and only his second in Formula One, had looked favourite to seize it after topping the first two phases of qualifying building up to the pole-position shootout.
Gaurav Gill does not expect his performance to improve drastically after being nominated for the Arjuna award but he is confident that becoming a "government-certified" athlete will give motorsport the recognition it craves in the country.