Vettel wins at the Indian Grand Prix, Alonso makes the most out of second place
The Indian Grand Prix lived up to its hype. There was plenty of drama and a strong end to the tale. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel came first followed Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Sebastian Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber grabbed the third spot.
In other news, Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne collided on the first lap, HRT’s Pedro la Rosa suffered from brake issues for the majority of the race, Sauber’s Sergio Perez had a puncture in the middle of the race which lead to an early retirement from the race and Mark Webber was claimed by KERS problems.
Anyway, the Indian Grand Prix was every bit entertaining as it was predicted. Sebastian Vettel led from start to end and could boast about a 10 second lead at the end of the race. Fernando Alonso didn’t give up on winning till he crossed the finish line and Mark Webber followed the duo around for the whole 60 laps of the Indian Grand Prix.
“It was a great race for us today,” Sebastian Vettel said. “The start was a bit tight - I think Mark (Webber) had a better start than I had. I think I was probably a bit too conservative as the grip level was pretty high or at least higher than I had expected.
“But thank goodness the way into the first corner was not that long and I was able to keep my position and then on the first straight I started to build a gap to Mark. It was a pity that he had KERS troubles in the later phase of the race otherwise I guess we could have had a one-two finish. It was good that I was able to build a distance between me and the guys behind, as the track is very tricky and you never know what can happen.”
Sebastian Vettel leads the Drivers Standings with 240 points now. Fernando Alonso managed to get the maximum out of the race even though he finished second. The Spaniard is 227 points in the Drivers Standings. Sebastian Vettel reckons it will be a “tough” battle between him and Fernando Alonso for the Championship honors.
“It will be tough but it was tough all season long and I don’t expect the situation to ease up,” Sebastian Vettel said. “We know that we still have to go full throttle and of course it helps to finish the races ahead of him. But to understand that you don’t have to be a genius! I think for the moment we can be very happy and relaxed, but next weekend in Abu Dhabi the same level of concentration and skill is what is needed if we are to stay in front.”