F1: Indian Grand Prix Preview
I’m not sure about anyone else but when there isn’t a Grand Prix on, it feels like there is something missing from the weekend! The good news is that we have back to back races for the next two weekends starting with India and the Buddh International circuit. This will only be the second Indian Grand Prix but the Buddh circuit is already a favourite among drivers and boasts the longest straight on the calendar coupled with two DRS zones. The track was designed in association with the teams and deliberately gives one of the fastest lap times of the season. There are long straights, sweeping fast linked corners and also real tight turns which give the track a bit of everything.
The circuit isn’t really used much and there will most likely be a lot of dust around on Friday which should see the track evolve throughout the weekend. This could be interesting for qualifying with the last car over the start/finish line most likely having an advantage. Over the last few seasons, if you had to pick one driver who has consistently been last over the line to take pole position it would be Sebastian Vettel. Given the form of Red Bull at the moment, Vettel is hot favourite this weekend and will be extremely hard to beat to pole position.
Since the last race in Korea, there have been a few announcements of drivers for 2013. The big news is that both Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean (unconfirmed) will be keeping their seats at Ferrari and Lotus respectively. Both drivers have come under huge media pressure this season with Massa having a lack of pace comparable with Alonso and Grosjean being accountable for so many first lap incidents. The other news is that Nico Hulkenberg will be leaving Force India to join Sauber although this has still to be confirmed.
- 1st Lewis Hamilton
- 2nd Fernando Alonso
- 3rd Mark Webber
- 4th Jenson Button
- 5th Kimi Raikkonen
- Fastest lap Mark Webber
Predicting yet another Sebastian Vettel win is boring and doesn’t really win you any brownie points if you get it right so I have gone for something different. I have a funny feeling that something will happen to Vettel over the course of the weekend whether it be a crash or mechanical failure but in the likely event that it doesn’t, I can’t see anyone stopping him from claiming his 4th victory in a row.
Hamilton will be up for it this weekend and will believe that his bad luck can’t continue. He had to fight harder than ever just to secure a point in Korea and will be hoping that McLaren can bring a few upgrades to compete with Red Bull both in qualifying and the race. Lewis has already said this week that he thinks the Buddh circuit is fantastic and more like a classic track than other new races in Korea and Abu Dhabi so should have good fun.
Ferrari have looked pretty good in race spec for the last few races and if they can make a performance step they may well be able to challenge Vettel and certainly Webber which could make this a very interesting race. Lotus have also reported being happy with their new exhaust system and could well challenge for podium places as well, the news that Romain will be keeping his drive for 2013 should give him extra confidence to perform well this weekend.
This should be a great race which will hopefully give us a fantastic and exciting end to the season. I highly recommend watching it and here are all the details you need!
Qualifying – Saturday
Live – Sky F1 08:30 – 11:15 – Lights out at 9:30
Replay – Sky F1 12:45 – 15:30
Highlights – BBC 13:00 – 14:15
Race – Sunday
Live – Sky F1 08:00 – 12:45 – Lights out at 9:30
Replay – Sky F1 13:15 – 18:00
Highlights – BBC 14:05 – 15:45