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Curves Ahead

The F1 circus returns to India next weekend. What lies ahead?

brunch Updated: Oct 19, 2013 17:29 IST
Aasheesh Sharma
Aasheesh Sharma
Hindustan Times

The speed devils are back at Greater Noida’s Buddh International Circuit for the 2013 Indian Grand Prix. Between October 25 and 27, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, who is in blazing form after winning the Japanese Grand Prix, will strive hard to retain the title he won last year by beating Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Sebastian Vettel comes to the country knowing he has a chance to create history. He needs to finish fifth or higher at the Indian Grand Prix to win his fourth F1 title in a row. That will put him in the league of racing legends Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth in 2012, has declared that now is the ‘perfect time’ for him to reclaim his position as the best driver in the world. Watch this space!

The circuit
The 5.14 km Buddh International Circuit as been conceptualised by designer Herman Tilke, who has previously masterminded world class race circuits such as Sepang, Shanghai and Valencia.

The expected average lap time is 1 minute and 27.02 seconds, at an average speed of 210.03 km/h (131 mph). The top speed that the F1 cars could touch is likely to be about 318 km/h (198 mph).

First Published: Oct 18, 2013 16:13 IST