Build-up to the enthralling Indian Grand Prix – Vettel and Alonso battle for the Championship
The Indian Grand Prix made a huge impact on Formula One last season. The event turned out to be an electrifying affair and drew praise from all circles of Formula One racing. The Buddh International Circuit also attracted attention with many calling it one of best tracks of the season.
With testing gradients, two good straight stretches and a challenging mix of corners the Buddh International Circuit promises to provide racing entertainment each time. The atmosphere and the crowd at the paddock turn the race into one of the most awaited and exhilarating events on the Formula One calendar.
Sebastian Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit a year ago. The 25-year-old Red Bull driver plans on repeating history to secure his lead on top of the Drivers Standings.
A win at the Korean Grand Prix allowed the German defending champion to grab a six-point lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. This is the first time Sebastian Vettel, who plans on winning his third successive Championship title, has lead the pack this season.
Although Fernando Alonso was unable to win races, he did manage to secure podium finishes on a regular basis to remain on top of the Drivers Standings until his recent streams of bad luck. The Spaniard lost a huge lead due to a couple of DNFs and saw a dip in form in the last couple of races.
Nonetheless, Fernando Alonso came third at the Korean Grand Prix and is prepared to record more success at the Indian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso, who won two consecutive Championship titles during 2005 and 2006, reckons the rest of the Formula One season is mini-championship between him and Sebastian Vettel – Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen disagrees.
The Finnish racing driver, who has created a lot of havoc on the track this season, is third placed and 48 points adrift of first placed Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen believes he can defeat both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso to win the Championship title.
Fourth placed Lewis Hamilton also believes that the Championship is still anybody’s game, although the Briton is realistic enough to believe that the task at hand will require a Herculean effort.
Sebastian Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber, who is fifth on the Drivers Standing, reckons there will be a lot of surprises in the remaining four races of the Formula One season. The Australian Formula One veteran is right.
So buckle-up! The end of the Formula One season is where things really start to get crazy!