2013 INDIAN GRAND PRIX
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:
(Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2011)
Start/finish line offset:
Total number of race laps:
Total race distance:
Pitlane speed limits:
80km/h throughout the weekend.
CHANGES TO THE CIRCUIT SINCE 2012
Other than routine maintenance there have beenno changes of significance.
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.