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Updated: October 30, 2011 12:15 IST

All set for spectacular Grand Prix of India

G. Raghunath
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Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the qualifying for Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on Saturday. Photo : Rajeev Bhatt
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the qualifying for Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on Saturday. Photo : Rajeev Bhatt

A victory here will make Vettel of Red Bull a unique champion

To borrow McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh's words, the gloves are really off now. The stage is set for a spectacular race day at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) here on Sunday when the Grand Prix of India is formally welcomed into the Formula One fold.

“We'll get to see some truly incredible racing by the greatest drivers in the world,” Whitmarsh said recently, rebuffing suggestions that the Grand Prix of India — and the last two races in Abu Dhabi and Brazil — is only of academic interest, with Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull having already won the world title.

“Why not fight for victory in one of the remaining races?” Fernando Alonso [Ferrari] asked, while Jenson Button [McLaren] was far more vehement — “The championship's won but the season isn't over.”

The mood in the pits is very clear — nobody wants to leave anything to chance and the top three teams — Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari — and their drivers are very determined to go for victory in the Grand Prix of India.

Vettel said he would be immensely delighted to take the chequered flag at the BIC. “It's the inaugural race, and it would mean a lot to win here. Not only do I want to win here on Sunday; I also want my team to finish 1-2,” he said.

Vettel's objective was apparent during the qualifiers on Saturday afternoon where he outclassed the field in all the three rounds, his best time of 1:24.178s installing him at the top of the grid for the race on Sunday. His 12th pole of the season — and 28th of his career — pushed him a step closer to Nigel Mansell (Great Britain), who holds the world record for most pole positions in a season with 14.

A victory here would make Vettel a unique champion — one who has won all the inaugural Grands Prix in his Formula One career that began in 2007. (He won the opening Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009 and the first Korean Grand Prix in 2010.) It would also give the Grand Prix of India (read Buddh International Circuit) a place it deserves: in the record books, alongside the great driver Vettel.

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I reside here in us and these car races like Indy 500, nascar etc etc are on tv weekends all the while but I never watch it. Tell me who wants to just watch cars going round and round and round on a track, NOT anyone unless you are a zombie couch potato.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 01:07 IST

Whatever it is ... when I see F1 race happening in India, I feel proud as an Indian.. I may not be F1 race fan , I am a die hard cricket fan (or was a die hard cricket fan) but hell ...look even Sachin is happy for F1 -- he looks happy. I am happy. Way to go India!!

from:  Shrenik
Posted on: Oct 30, 2011 at 23:00 IST

I never understood all the hype that we make. It's a circuit, build entirely by spending hundreds of crores of money to world's leading builders and technicians. They just replicated their expertise, which they have mastered world over by building at least 500 such racing arenas in our country. F1 is dead. Everybody knows this. It's not the sport of 80's and 90's or maybe early 2000's. It's more about cars now then drivers. I think, F1 knows this and deliberately they are moving it (F1) in third world countries for promotion.

from:  Abhishek Vaid
Posted on: Oct 30, 2011 at 15:44 IST

@sj - well said. Welcome to India, F1!! A superb display of our capability as a nation inspite of the cold shoulder by certian authorities. Our honorable Sports Minister Ajay Maken is sulking here in Kerala under the guise of inaugurating a rural sports academy run by Olympian P. T. Usha - spouting that rural academies are 'dearer' to him than F1. Sure and I agree that it is the right attitude but he should remember that this 'dearerness' has rarely translated into results.
over the past few years - simply look at the CWG debacle. People of
his ilk should produce results and then speak. Sports people like P.T.
Usha would do good to educate him that they succeeded INSPITE of the
"dearness" by the Indian sports establishment and not because of them.

As a motorsport enthusiast I have this message to Mr. Maken and the
rest of the political establishment - LEAVE F1 and Indian motorsport
alone. Just give us our LEGAL and RIGHTFUL due.

from:  Shibu J
Posted on: Oct 30, 2011 at 13:19 IST

In the Korean Grand Prix an early accident eliminated Webber and Vettel had an engine failure which resulted the victory of Alonso.

from:  mayank tiwari
Posted on: Oct 30, 2011 at 10:37 IST

@reddy The country is much more than the government, party, or the politician. Our problems arise from not understanding this fine distinction. Just think over it.

from:  sj
Posted on: Oct 30, 2011 at 10:00 IST

The Singapore F1 inaugurated in 2008 was won by Alanso and Vettel
finished 5th. Hence he has not won all the inaugural races in his

from:  Sridharan
Posted on: Oct 30, 2011 at 07:28 IST

Vettel did not win the 2010 Korean GP. It was won by Alonso and Vettel suffered an engine failure during the race. He did, however, win this years Korean GP.

from:  Rishabh
Posted on: Oct 30, 2011 at 06:56 IST

Welcome F1 Car Race in India. ! It's a rich man's sport. But, the Joy, & Thrill on watching this rare sport would be shared by wealthy and poor alike .

from:  Kothandaraman.
Posted on: Oct 30, 2011 at 01:48 IST
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