Hello F1 Fans,
After a thrilling race at Suzuka, up next is the Indian Grand Prix held at the Buddh International Circuit. The 3.192 mile circuit's fast, free-flowing and undulating characteristics has drawn comparisons to Spa-Francorchamps with the track rising by 14-metres within the first three corners. The track has a mixture of fast and slow corners making it challenging for the drivers, with the multi-apex sequence of Turns 10, 11 and 12 likened to Turn 8 at the Istanbul Park Circuit in Turkey. The Indian Grand Prix features one of the longest pitlanes in F1 and this contributes to a higher than average pit loss which pushes strategies towards fewer stops.
90 points clear of Fernando Alonso in the 2013 title-race, Sebastian Vettel has another chance to clinch the drivers championship this weekend in India. Vettel can win the championship this weekend if:
• Alonso does not finish the race or finishes in third place or lowerVettel is champion regardless of his result
• Alonso finishes second and Vettel finishes eighth or higher, Vettel is champion
• Vettel finishes fifth or higher, he is champion regardless of where Alonso finishes
In the Constructors’ battle Red Bull Racing has an unassailable lead of 148 points over Ferrari. Ferrari and Mercedes are still locked in a close flight for 2nd place. After the Japanese Grand Prix, Ferrari now leads Mercedes by 10 points. Lotus is 24 points further behind Mercedes and is closing on these two teams to spice up the battle for 2nd place.
TYRE ALLOCATION - After two years of nominating the hard and the soft compound at the Buddh circuit, this year Pirelli has opted to nominate the P Zero White medium tyre together with the P Zero Yellow soft tyre. After just one pit stop in last years race, Pirelli is expecting two pit stops with this new combination.
DRS ZONES - Two DRS zones will be used in the Indian Grand Prix. Drivers will be able to lower their wings to overtake on the start/finish straight and the long straight heading to turn four. On the latter, the activation point is halfway along the straight. The detection points are the exit of turn 15 and the entry to turn three.
There is only one driver that has won at the Buddh International Circuit since its debut on the F1 calendar: Sebastian Vettel. With his domination looking to sweep the race once again, it will take something unexpected to stop him from taking the title. Will this be the race where Vettel will clinch his 4th consecutive championship? If you're in the New York City area and looking for some racing action with other F1 fans, be sure to join us for the Indian Grand Prix to see who will take the checkered flag. Replay of the race will start at 3:00PM EST with the pre-race starting at 2:30PM EST.
Please note that this is NOT the event to watch the live race. So please refrain from spoilers for those that haven't watched the race yet.
We hope to see you all!