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Breakfast of Champions: A Guide To F1 For Today
Manit Moorjani, Hindustan Times
October 27, 2012
First Published: 15:45 IST(27/10/2012)
Last Updated: 15:49 IST(27/10/2012)
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gestures in the pit during the first practice session ahead of Sunday's Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, 38 kilometers from New Delhi.

Get the formula first: Before you plug into the Formula One Indian Grand Prix today, learn the ropes:

The Buddh International Circuit has a single lap length of 5.125km. With 60 gruelling laps in the race, this amounts to a total of 307.249 km. That’s about the same as the distance from Delhi to Jaipur.

If you drive really fast, Delhi to Jaipur can take as little as four hours. In last year’s innaugural GP here, winner Sebastian Vettel completed this distance in about 90 minutes.

The track has 16 turns. Turns 10-11-12 have the most sudden bends. This is where drivers overtake like crazy!

The longest stretch without a turn is a little over a kilometre long, from turn 3 to 4 (One of the longest in F1). Expect lightning speeds.

Last year, Jaime Alguersuari drove at 324.2 km/hr here!

The competition at the top is between drivers Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Also watch out for Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta.

From HT Brunch, October 28

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