Red Bull Racing at the 2012 Formula 1 Indian Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have taken advantage of their quick pace during practice to lock out the front of the grid at the 2012 Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix
after qualifying today. This is the duo’s third consecutive one-two qualifying result for the season, which is a first for the Red Bull Racing team.
It was Vettel fastest today, with the German youngster posting a best time of 1:25.283 after 13 laps. Webber wasn’t far off the pace, posting a best time of 1:25.327.
Locking out the next row were McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Hamilton was just ahead of his teammate, posting a best time of 1:25.544 versus Button’s best of 1:25.467.
And behind them are the two Ferrari drivers, with Alonso’s best time of 1:25.773 just putting him ahead of Felipe Massa’s 1:25.857.
Rounding out the top ten are Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönen, Sauber’s Sergio Perez, Williams’ Pastor Maldonado and Mercedes-AMG driver Nico Rosberg.
Apart from current points leader Vettel, Alonso probably has the best chance to secure the title this year, though he’ll definitely need to overcome his German rival at some point during the remaining four races. For tomorrow’s race, he’ll no doubt adopt an attacking strategy to try and close on the leaders, so getting a good start will be vital.
Going into the race, Sebastian Vettel’s 215 points in the Drivers’ Championship is just six more than Fernando Alonso’s tally. Third on the ladder is Kimi Räikkönen, who has 167 points.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing remains the clear leader with 367 points, but now Ferrari is second with 290 points, which is just ahead of McLaren’s 284 points.
The current weather forecast for the area surrounding the Indian Grand Prix's Buddh International Circuit
is for warm conditions and clear skies. Let's hope it's a good race.