For the second successive year, Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull wowed the spectators at the Buddh International Circuit here on Sunday afternoon as he registered a stupendous victory in the Indian Grand Prix. He finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso, who pushed his Ferrari past the line in 1:31:20.181s. Mark Webber, Vettel’s teammate, came in third (1:31:23.961s).

Vettel now leads the championship race with 240 points, 13 clear of Alonso.

Last year, Vettel showed the Indian audience why he is the most feared competitor in Formula One with his amazing driving skills on a virgin track that most drivers certified as the most challenging after Spa Francorchamps (Belgium). And on Sunday afternoon, he demonstrated in no uncertain terms that he is only a few steps away from becoming a legend.

Vettel’s fifth victory of the season and 26th of his six-year-old career meant that the Red Bull driver has almost got his foot in the door in his bid to win the 2012 World Championship. Three races remain in the season and, given the form that Vettel and his team are in, it’s difficult to imagine another driver laying his hands on the world crown.

Alonso , who finished second, however, maintained that he fancied his chances of winning the 2012 world title. “Yeah, of course, I think I can win the championship. We have races in Abu Dhabi, Austin (U.S.) and Brazil to come, which means 75 points to play for. We have our chances,” the Spaniard said.