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Indian Grand Prix preview

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Published by Mike Pryson
Circuit graphic, stats, facts for the Formula One Indian Grand Prix.
Circuit graphic, stats, facts for the Formula One Indian Grand Prix.

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Race Preview 
2013 INDIAN GRAND PRIX
 25
 –
27 OCTOBER 2013
If Japan’s Suzuka, scene of Sebastian Vettel’s strategically
astute ninth win of the season last time out, is regarded as
one of the greatest of Formula One’s ‘classic’ circuits, this
weekend sees the championship move to a track that hasbeen widely praised as one the finest recent additions to thecalendar 
 –
 
India’s Buddh International Circuit.
The location for round 16 of the 2013 F1 WorldChampionship features good changes of elevation, twolong, fast straights and a technically challenging middlesector that features the tricky multiple apex Turn 10. The
circuit has quickly proved popular with the sport’s drivers,
who appreciate it having the second highest average speedof the year after Monza, but also the skill required to hookup a good lap around its 5.125km length.Getting that perfect lap requires a car that treads a very fineline in balancing the speed needed to get the best from thelong straights and good aerodynamic grip and balance for the middle sector.
Vettel’s victory in Japan, hi
s fifth win in a row this year, hasgiven him a 90-point advantage over Fernando Alonso in
the Drivers’ Championship and with the Ferrari driver all but
conceding defeat in the wake of the race at Suzuka, thisweekend could see Vettel crowned champion. The Red Bulldriver needs fifth place or better here to become just thefourth driver in F1 history to win four titles and only the thirdto win four in a row
 –
alongside Juan Manuel Fangio andMichael Schumacher.
CIRCUIT DATABUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUITLength of lap:
5.125km
Lap record:
1:27.249
(Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2011)
Start/finish line offset:
0.251km
Total number of race laps:
60
Total race distance:
307.249km
Pitlane speed limits:
80km/h throughout the weekend.
CHANGES TO THE CIRCUIT SINCE 2012
Other than routine maintenance there have beenno changes of significance.
DRS ZONES
There are two DRS zones at the BuddhInternational Circuit. The detection point of the firstis 16m before Turn Three and its activation point is
350m after Turn Three. The second zone’s
detection point is 10m after Turn 15, with theactivation point 36m after Turn 16.
 
Meanwhile, in the Constructors’ Championsh
ip, Red BullRacing have 445 points, compared with 297 for nearest rivalFerrari, so the Milton Keynes-based team can this weekend
also conceivably wrap up the manufacturers’ title.
 
 
Indian GP Fast Facts 
This will be just the thirdrunning of the Indian Grand Prix.The race joined the F1 calendar in2011.
Sebastian Vettel has not onlytaken pole position and victory inthe two Indian GPs staged so far,he has also led every lap of eachrace. Last year he also finished inP1 in every practice session. RedBull Racing have locked-out thefront row at both grand prix, withMark Webber second on the gridin 2011 and 2012.
 
 At this season’s most recent
race, in Japan, Vettel recorded hisfifth victory in a row this season.The last time a driver recordedfive or more successive wins wasin 2004, when MichaelSchumacher won the opening fiveraces of the season. The Ferraridriver then went on to win sevenin a row between the Europeanand Hungarian GPs that year, soVettel will need to win here and in Abu Dhabi to match that feat.
Depending on your view, the outright record for consecutive wins belongs to Alberto Ascari, whorecorded nine in a row between the Belgian GrandPrix of 1952, the third of eight races that season,and the same event the following year, when it wasfourth on a calendar of nine races. On the way tothat tally, however, he did not compete in the 1953
Indianapolis 500, which formed part of that year’s F1World Championship. To match Ascari’s tally, Vettel
will need to win all the remaining rounds this season.
 
Vettel’s 2011 pole position gave Red Bull a record16th in a single season. It was the 28th of Vettel’s
career. Since then he has been on pole a further 14times.
Apart from Vettel, the only other driver to featureon both Indian GP podiums is Fernando Alonso. TheFerrari driver was third in the inaugural race andsecond last year.
Jaime Alguersuari scored the last points of hisF1 career to date in the first grand prix here.Over a 46-race career, beginning at the 2009Hungarian Grand Prix, the Spanish driver rackedup 31 points in total driving for Toro Rosso. Thefinal four points of that tally came with eighthplace at the Buddh International Circuit in 2011.
This will be the first Indian GP without anIndian driver involved. Narain Karthikeyan racedin 2011 and 2012 for HRT, while KarunChandhok participated in free practice for TeamLotus (now Caterham) in 2011.
To cope with the demands of the BuddhInternational Circuit, F1 tyre supplier Pirelli is thisweekend bringing its Soft and Medium tyrecompounds. This is a change from the previoustwo years, when the company brought its Softand Hard configurations. Soft and Medium tyreshave been used this season in China, Germanyand Hungary.
Despite being built on relatively flat land, thetrack has had plenty of undulations built in, withmore than four million tonnes of earth movedduring the construction of the circuit. The trackrises 14 metres between Turns One and Threealone.

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