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Formula One Indian Grand Prix Preview

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McLaren at the 2013 Formula One Indian Grand Prix

McLaren at the 2013 Formula One Indian Grand Prix

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This weekend is the 2013 Formula One Indian Grand Prix, which takes place once again at the Buddh International Circuit near the capital New Delhi. The track was built new for the Indian GP, which hosted its first race in 2011, and is one of seven on the current calendar designed by German Hermann Tilke.

Sadly, with the Indian GP not featured on the 2014 calendar, and a 2015 race still uncertain, there are concerns for the race’s future. To make matters worse, a petition seeking to cancel this year’s race due to unpaid taxes will be heard in India’s Supreme Court on Friday.

Should this year’s race continue as planned, which is likely, we may see Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel earn his fourth world championship. The German needs to come just fifth to win the title, regardless of what position runner-up Fernando Alonso of Ferrari gets. We should mention that Vettel has won the last two races in India.

As for the track itself, it stretches 3.185 miles and drivers are expected to complete 60 laps during the race. With fast, free-flowing and undulating characteristics the track has drawn comparisons to Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps, with the elevation rising by 45 feet within the first three corners. There are also some fast chicanes and the 180-degree double-apex Turn 10/11, where drivers experience lateral forces of up to 4 g.

The current weather forecast is sunny skies with a peak temperature of 82 degrees F (28 degrees C) for Sunday's race. Pirelli has nominated its P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tires.

Going into the weekend, Sebastian Vettel leads the Drivers’ Championship with 297 points. In second is Fernando Alonso with 207 points followed by Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönen in third with 177 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing sits on 445 points versus the 297 points of Ferrari and 287 points of Mercedes AMG.

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