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Introducing the speed demons...

india Updated: Sep 05, 2011 01:53 IST

Formula One is all about driving, obviously, and it's the men behind the wheels who really bring the party to town. HT takes a look at this season's drivers.

Five dudes you have to check out...

Sebastian Vettel: The current and youngest world champion, who has a host of F1 firsts to his name, sits on top of the drivers standings. Watch him ripping it up with 'Kinky Kylie' in Greater Noida en route a likely second world title.

Mark Webber: Vettel's teammate at RBR, the Australian finished third, last season. Currently second in the drivers standings and with five 'fastest laps' to his name this season, he's always an exciting prospect and is due for a win this year.

Fernando Alonso: El Nano became the youngest world champion in 2005 with Renault and won again in 2006. The Spaniard has won one race this year, at Silverstone, and is placed third presently. The Ferrari man also seems to relish controversy!

Jenson Button: The 31-year-old Briton was the 2009 world champion and notched up top spot finishes in Canada (which he called "the best win of my career") and Hungary this season. He's cool, intelligent and one hell of a smooth driver!

Lewis Hamilton: The 2008 world champion is the first driver of African origin to compete in F1 and lies fifth in the drivers standings for now. The 26-year-old will hope to pull off a win in India to add to his triumphs in China and Germany this season.

Desi Flavour
Hispania Racing Team's Narain Karthikeyan became India's first F1 driver when he signed up with team Jordan in 2005. Compatriot Karun Chandhok is currently Team Lotus's reserve driver.

And the legend himself...
Michael Schumacher:
Arguably the biggest name the sport has known, the German holds many of F1's records including the highest number of World Championships (7). After retiring in 2006, the 42-year-old returned with Mercedes for the 2010 season. Fate couldn't be kinder if Schumi pulls off a memortable first win in India since the 2006 Chinese GP!