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Korean Grand Prix: triumphant Vettel on brink of world title

Sebastian Vettel stands on the brink of a fourth world title in succession after he powered away from pole position to win a fiery Korean Grand Prix today.

Boos, snooze but Sebastian Vettel poised for greatness

Sebastian Vettel has endured boos and his dominance has been called boring but he stands on the verge of true Formula One greatness by sealing his fourth straight world title this week in Japan.

McLaren hope to find Magnussen a seat in F1

Young Danish driver Kevin Magnussen and Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne both deserve to be in Formula One and will get there eventually, according to McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

Hamilton tops Japan practice, Vettel third

Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets in Friday's first free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix with runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel third fastest amid spins, run-offs and a flying wheel.

Title-seeking Vettel tops Japan practice

Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel avoided a rash of spins and crashes Friday to ominously time quickest in practice for the Japanese Grand Prix as he hunts his fourth successive world title.

Former F1 test driver De Villota found dead in Madrid hotel

Former Formula 1 test driver Maria de Villota died from natural causes, a source close to the case has confirmed after an autopsy was carried out on her body on Friday afternoon.

Formula One: Vettel title bid hit by mechanical woes

Sebastian Vettel will battle mechanical problems as he tries to become the youngest driver to win four successive Formula One world titles at an emotional Japanese Grand Prix Sunday where a minute's silence for Maria de Villota was held.

Germany's Vettel wins Japanese GP for Red Bull, world title on hold

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday but will have to wait to seal a fourth-straight Formula One title as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth.

We will not lose Indian GP: Sameer Gaur

The future of Indian Grand Prix might be uncertain after this year's race but host Jaypee Sports International Limited's CEO Sameer Gaur says the country will not lose the Formula One event and will surely have two more races.

Sebastian Vettel silences critics as Japan GP title beckons

The young German has attracted cynicism and even boos this year but if there was any doubt that he belongs among Formula One's greats, he obliterated it at Suzuka.

Formula One: India fights to keep under-threat GP

Indian Grand Prix organisers say they're determined to keep their Formula One status as fears mount that this weekend's race could be the last to be hosted in the country.

F1: Indian GP goes ahead after challenge delayed

This weekend's Indian Grand Prix was given the green light Friday after the Supreme Court delayed a hearing on a petition seeking the race's cancellation in a tax dispute, legal sources said.

Indian GP: Vettel fastest in opening practice

Sebastian Vettel continued his dominance in India by edging out Red Bull teammate Mark Webber for the quickest time on Friday in the opening practice session for the Formula One Indian Grand Prix.

Indian GP: Raikkonen fined for speeding in pit lane

Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus was on Friday fined 400 euros for speeding in the pit lane during the first practice session of the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida.

Off the F1 track, Indian speed duo hits the airwaves

Life outside the limelight of the Formula One track may not exactly be ideal for one of India’s ace drivers Narain Karthikeyan, but it will surely be far more relaxing.

I’ll bet my life Indian GP will return: Sameer Gaur

Rumors of this being India’s final F1 Grand Prix have been the talk of the paddock. But the boss of the Buddh International Circuit, has expressed surprised at doubts raised over the race's future at the circuit but remains unperturbed.

F1 drivers fuelled by Indian food and music

It’s not just speed that thrills Formula One drivers at the Buddh International Circuit. They are also discovering the culinary delights that India has to offer in dishes like dosa, kabab, idli, aalu-puri, chhole-bhature and aalu parantha.

‘Gooner’ Hamilton, red devil Ashley Young and school ties

Speaking to HT, Hamilton, who in 2008 became F1’s youngest world champion (a record since broken by Sebastian Vettel) talked about the sport he almost picked over racing cars.

Vettel claims 3rd straight Indian GP pole

Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position at the Indian Grand Prix, shoring up the Red Bull driver's bid for an almost inevitable fourth straight Formula One title.

A case of missing Mozart for Minogue!

Niki Lauda is one of the F1 paddock’s most distinctive faces. Even in this crowd of who’s who of the world, he stands out in his signature red baseball cap (the sponsors may have changed over the years but the colour has been a constant).

Indian GP: Vettel high on wine, higher on win

The otherwise composed German driver let the emotions flow after completing his hat-trick at the Indian GP.

Webber in no mood to slow down after Formula One

Mark Webber has no intention of coasting when he calls time on his 12-year career in Formula One at the end of the season and is determined to put Porsche back on top of the podium at Le Mans sooner rather than later.

Formula One: Williams sign Felipe Massa for 2014

Williams have signed Brazil's Felipe Massa as one of their drivers for the 2014 Formula One season, the British-based team announced on Monday.

Peerless Vettel emulates Senna’s pole mark

Sebastian Vettel became the first driver since the late great Ayrton Senna to take pole on 10 occasions in different seasons when he posted the fastest qualifying time for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix here Saturday.

Vettel and Bulls remain perfect

Sebastian Vettel moved a step closer to clinching his second successive Formula One title in Singapore after securing Red Bull's 14th pole position in as many races this season. Results - Top 10

Vettel bags Singapore GP, one more race to glory

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel held off a charging Jenson Button to win the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and stand one point away from becoming Formula One's youngest double world champion. Champwatch | Results - top 10 | Follow the Indian | Standings - top 10 (after round 14 of 19)

Hamilton vrooms, zooms & vows Bangalore fans

British Formula One (F1) driver Lewis Hamilton today stepped on the gas to vroom, zoom and vow about 10,000 frenzied fans on a 500-metre stretch on the outskirts of this tech hub in a McLaren Mercedes.

Raikkonen F1 return a possibility with Williams

Former Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen has set the rumor mills buzzing with his visit to the Williams F1 team’s headquarters in England.

India grapples with F1 hosting logistics

India is banking on its hosting of a Formula One Grand Prix to be a boon for tourism, yet hotel shortages and airline price increases may cause headaches for fans intent on travelling to the sport's newest frontier.

F1’s newest, youngest star: Vettel

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel won his second Formula One world championship after finishing third in the Japanese GP at Suzuka on Sunday. This makes him the youngest driver (age 24) to win double F1 world titles.

Interview: Sebastian Vettel | In pics

Alonso challenges new champ to triple crown

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set his sights on being Formula One's youngest triple champion after losing his double record to Sebastian Vettel in Japan on Sunday.

Perfect ten for Vettel as Red Bull does a double

Sebastian Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday to secure Red Bull's second successive Formula One constructors' championship with his 10th victory of the season.

F1’s lighter side

Drivers have thrown up some humorous incidents while fighting for F1 glory.

Slaying a mighty dragon

Denis Jenkinson, a former sidecar racer and navigator to F1 driver Stirling Moss, once compared motor racing to slaying a dragon. If there was no danger to it, there was no point. Vinayak Pande reports.

India's first F1 track unveiled

The Buddh International Circuit was today unveiled amid much fanfare ahead of the widely-anticipated inaugural Indian Grand Prix and was described as "one of the best in the world" by the country's first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.

It's a real smooth ride

Like an Indian wedding, the promoters (Jaypee Group) insist there is logic to this chaos. With just nine days left, the Buddh International Circuit is far from complete as far as the cosmetics go, but the bit in the middle that matters is certainly world-class. Sukhwant Basra writes.

Every second counts in F1

Over the course of an F1 season, which normally begins in March and has its final pit stop in November, can the final 18 seconds of the last race really be all that important? Don't ask that question to Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa.

Karthikeyan aims to finish the race at Indian GP

With just over a week to go for the inaugural F1 Grand Prix at India's Buddh International Circuit, Narain Karthikeyan today said he wants to finish the race rather than making claims about ending up with some points for his side.

Williams look to rise from the ashes of '11

The saying goes that the bigger they come, the harder they fall. That's pretty much the story of the Williams F1 team following their title winning season of 1997.

Keep 25% of F1 ticket money to pay tax: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday directed Jaypee Sports International Ltd that is organising the Formula One Indian Grand Prix, to deposit 25% of the ticket sale proceeds in a separate bank account. Bhadra Sinha reports.

F1 caricature book released

Indian driver Karun Chandhok on Friday launched VROOOM, the first ever Formula One (F1) caricature book which will be shared with F1 drivers at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix next weekend.

A few fun facts about Formula One

An F1 car has approximately 80,000 components. The cars have to be assembled with great accuracy. If it were assembled 99.9% correctly, it would still go on the track with 80 components wrongly placed.

Motorsport buff Sachin eagerly awaits Indian GP

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is excited that the Formula One is coming to the country with the inaugural Indian Grand Prix next week and said that he will support the Sahara Force India team.

Unsure Karun eyeing practice to realise F1 dream in India

The uncertainty surrounding his dream of driving in next week's inaugural Indian Grand Prix notwithstanding, India's Karun Chandhok is determined to give his heart out in front of his countrymen in Friday's practice session for Team Lotus.

News channels threaten F1 boycott

A row is on between India's television media and the Formula One Management, which could see the former boycott the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit this weekend. Evolution of F1 cars

Too many safety measures would take away excitement: Chandhok

The recent deaths of Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli may have reignited the debate about improving safety measures in motorsport but Indian racer Karun Chandhok believes that focusing too much on them would take away the excitement from Formula One.

Kicking Narain into shape

Schumacher's former trainer all set to give Karthikeyan the crucial edge. Vinayak Pande reports. Delhibrief

Finally, a local racing series with international fervour

When Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok were working their way up to the upper echelons of motorsport, they had to head abroad to further their aspirations. Now, as the country gears up to host the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, the country can finally boast of a racing series which matches up to international F1 feeder series'. Rohit Bhaskar reports.

Mumbai planning F1 circuit

A consortium involving the designers of London's 2012 Olympic Stadium and Silverstone's new layout has won a contract to plan a Formula One circuit in Mumbai, it announced on Monday.

Chequered moment for Tendulkar

When F1 went to football-mad Brazil, they got Pele to wave the chequered flag. As the glamourous sport debuts in cricket-crazy India, can there be a better man to do the honours than Sachin Tendulkar? Rohit Bhaskar reports.
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Every racer's first step

In this week's column, I thought I would look at the most basic form of motorsport  - Go-Karting. When I was 6 year's old, my parents gave me a small cadet kart as a birthday present. Karun Chandhok writes.

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One for the road...

As I write on board the flight to Singapore for the Grand Prix, I thought it's a good time to go slightly off track with this week's column and talk about the travel in F1! Karun Chandhok writes. Going the distance
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Never thought I'd race in an Indian GP, says Narain

Narain Karthikeyan
"Since the day I started racing, I dreamt of being in the Formula One," said Narain Karthikeyan. "But never in my wildest dream did I think of racing in an Indian GP." That's how the country's first F1 racer wants to sum up his excitement about the upcoming event next month. "It's going to be the most special thing in my life," he added.

Formula One driver regimen

It’s not all glamour for the Formula One drivers who endure demanding conditions while in the cockpit. They’re subjected to incredible wear-and-tear. HT reveals their fitness regimens.

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