Breakfast of Champions: A Guide To F1 For Today

  • Sebastian Vettel

    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 ...

  • Narain Karthikekyan

    Hispania-Cosworth driver Narain Karthikekyan of India (L) prepares for the first practice session of Formula One's Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International circuit in ...

  • Felipe Massa

    Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil sits in his car in his garage during second practice session ahead of the Indian Formula One ...

  • Sebastian Vettel

    Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany wears a new helmet, in the pit during the first practice session ahead of Sunday's Indian Formula One ...

  • Lewis Hamilton

    McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain plugs his ears in the pits during a practice session at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater ...

  • Stray dog

    Course marshals chase away a stray dog on the track before the first practice session starts ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at ...

  • Felipe Massa

    Technicians pull in Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil in the pit during the first free practice ahead of Sunday's Indian Formula One Grand Prix ...

  • Jaime Alguersuari

    Toro Rosso-Ferrari driver Jaime Alguersuari of Spain climbs over the guard rail after crashing out during the first practice session of Formula One's Indian Grand ...

  • Adrian Sutil

    Force India-Mercedes driver Adrian Sutil of Germany sits in his car during the first practice session of Formula One's Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh ...

  • Mark Webber

    Pit crew change the tyres of Red Bull-Renault driver Mark Webber of Australia during the first practice session of Formula One's Indian Grand Prix at ...

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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