Indian GP practice as it happened

Text and video highlights of first and second practice for the Indian GP in New Delhi, where Sebastian Vettel was fastest.

26 October 2012 Last updated at 11:36

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  1. 1120: 

    That is it for today's live text coverage, but we will be back bright and early tomorrow morning for the third and final practice session at 06:00 BST.

    After that, we have qualifying at 09:30 BST, where it certainly seems the Red Bulls will take some stopping. Anything can happen though, so join us to see how it all unfolds. Bye for now.

  2. 1112:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer in Noida

    "Red Bull's form at the last three grands prix, in which Sebastian Vettel has taken three straight victories, has rather deflated the paddock after the season had been so close until that point. Their pace has been reminiscent of the domination of 2011, when Vettel nearly always put it on pole and streaked off into the distance."

  3. 1110: 

    So Red Bull showing very good pace in practice today, with Vettel and Webber completing a one-two in this second session. They were quite a bit ahead of the rest of the field, although Alonso and Hamilton both posted competitive times on their longer runs with a heavier fuel load when simulating race conditions.

  4. 1105: 
    And here is 13-24

    13) Schumacher 14) Ricciardo 15) Massa 16) Kobayashi 17) Maldonado 18) Vergne 19) Kovalainen 20) Petrov 21) De La Rosa 22) Glock 23) Karthikeyan 24) Pic

  5. 1103: 
    Here is how it finished 1-12

    1) Vettel 2) Webber 3) Alonso 4) Rosberg 5) Raikkonen 6) Hamilton 7) Button 8) Hulkenberg 9) Grosjean 10) Senna 11) Di Resta 12) Perez

  6. 1100: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG

    *SEBASTIAN VETTEL FINISHES FASTEST IN SECOND PRACTICE FOR THE INDIAN GRAND PRIX*

  7. 1059: 

    Despite posting inconsistent lap times, Hamilton is told he is "the fastest guy on high fuel" while his team-mate Button has returned to the pits.

  8. 1056: 

    Not too much separating the potential front runners here in India on these longer runs. Ferrari's Alonso clocks 1:32.300, with Vettel crossing the line with a time of 1:32.776 in his Red Bull. Vettel is told to stay out for another five timed laps as the sessions enters the final couple of minutes.

  9. 1052: 

    HRT's Narain Karthikeyan on Twitter: "Didn't expect to be tweeting while the session is still on, but FP2 cut short due to hydraulic issues. But looking OK so far."

  10. 1050: 

    Lewis Hamilton's race engineer over team radio: "Pace is very good for this fuel load." Hamilton had just clocked 1:32.300.

  11. 1049:  
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Just watching Lewis Hamilton, you want to do consistent lap times but he is up and down like and yoyo so it is very difficult for his team to read anything. He needs to pay more attention to the job. You can't do that in a race, consistency is really important."

  12. 1047: 

    Lap times are a fair bit slower than earlier with almost all drivers now running on heavier fuel loads as they simulate race conditions. Looking likely that Vettel will finish fastest in both of today's practice sessions.

  13. 1044: 

    Ferrari on Twitter: "Felipe Massa is back on track but he will do only practice starts in the last part of the session. Fernando Alonso is doing a long run on softs."

  14. 1042: 

    Ferrari report that Massa has damaged both the hard and soft tyres, but he is back out on the circuit. A few of the drivers are beginning their longer runs now with just under 18 minutes remaining.

  15. 1039: 

    Sergio Perez, back for Sauber after sitting out the first practice session to aid his recovery from a cold, is almost two seconds off the pacesetters. The Mexican is down in 12th with his best time 1:28.178.

  16. 1035: 

    Massa is out of the car and sat in his garage with a face like thunder as Ferrari mechanics work on his car. He has clearly not been best pleased with the handling and his best time of the session so far, 1:28.296, is only the 15th fastest.

  17. 1033:  
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "The Red Bulls are quick for sure but Ferrari are not going to lie down. That was Alonso's eighth lap on the same tyres, while Vettel was on his third timed lap. You don't quite know how much fuel they are on. The Ferrari looks tough to drive, the Red Bulls look quite easy to drive. I am also not sure whether the McLarens have the pace they thought they might have here."

  18. 1030: 

    The top of the timesheet is ever changing as first Vettel avoids getting caught up in traffic to reclaim P1. Alonso then knocks the German off the top but his stay is all too brief as Vettel's time of 1:26.221 sees him move top once again.

  19. 1026: 

    Nico Rosberg takes P1 for the first time in this session, clocking 1:27.022. Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg pushes his Force India to the limit and loses it at Turn Nine. The German regains control before continuing...

  20. 1023:  
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "It [Massa's car] has got a bit of understeer so when you go on the soft it becomes more noticeable. When you go into the corners it becomes more difficult to control, as Massa is finding out."

  21. 1022: 

    Felipe Massa over team radio: "I have a very strange balance on the car. I don't know if something's broken."

  22. 1021: 

    Massa runs wide at Turn Four and then spins off again a bit later on. He seems to be struggling a bit around this circuit in his Ferrari. His team will be looking to get to the bottom of that as soon as possible.

  23. 1017: 

    The tweaking of Romain Grosjean's pitch seems to have yielded positive results as the Frenchman clocks 1:27.397 and moves up to third. Vettel, meanwhile, drops down to second as Raikkonen moves into P1 with a lap of 1:27.030. Just over 40 minutes of the session remaining.

  24. 1015: 

    Kimi Raikkonen is one of the few drivers out on the circuit and he clocks a fast time on the soft compound, moving up to third with 1:27.507. Ricciardo is also enjoying some good times on the softs and he is currently ninth fastest.

  25. 1012: 

    Just five cars out on the circuit with little over 45 minutes to go so a quick look at where we are at. Vettel leads the way with a time of 1:27.256, with Alonso 0.146secs behind in second. Hamilton, Senna and Mark Webber are third, fourth and fifth respectively.

  26. 1010:  
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "I am down at Lotus, they have just done a spring change on Romain Grosjean's car. They have changed the pitch of the car with the official term for it being "to try and make it better".

  27. 1007: 

    Just in case you were wondering, the Indian Grand Prix is live online and on 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra this weekend. Plus there's extensive TV highlights of course…

    Practice 3: 06:25 BST 5 live Sports Extra & online; Qualifying: 09:25 BST 5 live Sports Extra & online; Qualifying highlights: 13:00-14:15 BST, BBC One

    Race: 09:25 GMT 5 live & online; Race highlights: 14:05-15:45 GMT, BBC One

  28. 1005: 

    Vettel flies around the Buddh International Circuit and, after climbing up to second, he displaces championship rival Alonso at the top of the timesheet with his next lap, clocking 1:27.256. Hamilton is currently third fastest, with Senna fourth.

  29. 1002: 

    Vitaly Petrov returns to the garage to have softs put on his Caterham, the first of the drivers to do so today. His best time so far in this session is 1:30.360.

  30. 0958: 

    Force India on Twitter: "Both Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg focussing on tyre evaluation this afternoon. Both seem positive about changes made during lunch.

  31. 0956: 

    Romain Grosjean runs wide on the outside of the same kerb where Massa spun just now and his Lotus snaps right. The Frenchman soon corrects himself and gets back on the circuit. Meanwhile, Alonso reclaims P1 as he clocks 1:27.402.

  32. 0954: 

    Felipe Massa over team radio: "I have a flat spot."

  33. 0953: 

    Felipe Massa has just got himself in a bit of a pickle after spinning off the track and then, in an attempt to correct the spin, shoving the front his Ferrari into an advertising hoarding. After a minute or two he finds reverse to pull out and return to the circuit before heading to the pits.

  34. 0951: 

    Lewis Hamilton is one of just a handful of drivers on the track at the moment and the McLaren man uses the clear track to clock 1:27.762 and move to the top of the timesheet with just over an hour of the session to go.

  35. 0948:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer in Noida

    "Sebastian Vettel is now a strong favourite to win a third consecutive title, leading the championship with four races to go and in the fastest car. But Vettel is going about his business in the normal way and focusing only on the task ahead. 'We'll try to do our best to make sure we stay there but in terms of our approach etc nothing really changes,' he said. 'It will be extremely important races for us, but we have to do our best and then go from there. You want to finish ahead of everyone ideally, or the one you're racing. And if you are in the other position you might afford here or there to not take the risks. We are in a good position, but not a position to lean back. As soon as we start to think to much, it's not good.'"

  36. 0948: 

    Around half the field have made their way back to the pits after a flurry of laps from the drivers. Alonso is in P1 at the moment, followed by Vettel, Webber and then Button.

  37. 0944: 

    Both Alonso and Massa have decided its time to join the rest of the field. Alonso, looking to reclaim the championship lead here in India, slots in at 18th place before then leaping to the top of the timesheet with his next timed lap, clocking 1:27.785.

  38. 0942: 

    Sebastian Vettel and Bruno Senna both run close to each other on the final corner but manage to avoid touching cars. Grip levels are looking better already compared to FP1, with only Romain Grosjean having ran wide before recovering inside the first few minutes of the session.

  39. 0938: 

    Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne is the first to record a time with one minute 37.147 seconds before a good run from team-mate Daniel Ricciardo sees him clock 1:29.503 and climb into P1. Just the Ferrari pair of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa still in their garage.

  40.  
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    Vishal Chawda on Twitter: "Vettel and Red Bulls looking strong, Alonso and Ferrari need to pull off something special to regain lead in the championship."

  41. 0934:  
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Red Bull have been doing a bit of a set-up change on the front of Vettel's car. There's a thing call the third spring which stops the car touching the ground to support the car in a straight line or under braking. They have done a little change on that. On the Ferrari there is a rumour they have a modified diffuser. They did a straight-line test last week and that is one of the things that would have come out of that. You run the car with a kind of active suspension and you can assess the stall point on the diffuser. I'll see if I can spot it as the car goes out."

  42. 0933: 

    Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi is the first to make his way onto the Buddh International Circuit, before several others quickly join him.

  43. 0930: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The second practice session for the Indian Grand Prix is go, go go...

  44. 0929:  
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Track conditions pretty good and improving. Air temperature is 30C, with track temperature 38C. Just walking up and down the pitlane - a lot of drivers are looking very relaxed, none more so than Jenson Button, who was laughing and joking with his engineers. There is a general feeling like it is the last day of term or something, not sure why it feels that way, as there's still four races to go yet."

  45. 0928: 

    The drivers are getting strapped into their respective cars now, with the start of the second free practice session just minutes away...

  46. 0924:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer in Noida

    "Kimi Raikkonen got a laugh in the pre-race news conference on Thursday. The Lotus driver, famous for his economy of language and matter-of-fact approach to interviews, was asked if he was a fan of Indian food. "Yeah, actually I am, if it's the same as it is in Europe," he said.

  47. 0919: 

    Marussia's Timo Glock on Twitter: "FP1 done not a great session. Very dirty track and massive traffic in all my runs. So next time please get out of my way."

  48. 0915: 

    Don't forget that as well as following the live text commentary on this very page, audio commentary is also available for the second practice session on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, starting at 09:25 BST.

  49. 0912: 

    You will undoubtedly be relieved to know that the Indian Grand Prix will not be under threat from stray dogs this weekend.

    Canine entry points to the state-of-the-art Buddh International Circuit have been blocked ahead of the race, but you can read more on what dog-proof methods have been employed by organisers on the BBC News website.

  50. 0908: 

    A bit of news that came out between the sessions and that is Sergio Perez is fit enough to take his place in the Sauber car for second practice. The Mexican, recovering from a cold, sat out this morning's session, with reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez taking his place.

  51. 0905:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer in Noida

    "It's an absolutely lovely day here in India, notwithstanding the hazy atmosphere. The air temperature is about 28C and it feels absolutely perfect. There's a nice Indian atmosphere, too, with a bhangra band touring the pit and paddock area playing the drums. It has to be said, though, that the paddock is slightly subdued. It's been a long season and people are starting to feel it a bit."

  52. 0902: 

    A swift reminder that Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheet in the first session earlier this morning. You can read the report by BBC Sport chief F1 writer Andrew Benson to see how it unfolded.

    It is, of course, very early days but the Red Bulls showed good pace, with Vettel looking to win in India for the second successive year.

  53. 0900: 

    Hello and welcome back. Replenished by breakfast and far more coffees than should be consumed at this hour, I am in position to take you through the second practice session for the Indian Grand Prix, which gets under way in 30 minutes.

  54. 0710: 

    So there we have it, Sebastian Vettel is fastest in FP1 for the Indian Grand Prix, three tenths of a second quicker than Jenson Button.

    That is it for live text commentary for now, but join us again at 09:00 BST for second practice. Cheerio for now.

  55. 0706: 
    And here is 13-24

    13) Kobayashi 14) Hulkenberg 15) Grosjean 16) Maldonado 17) Vergne 18) Petrov 19) Van Der Gar 20) Gutierrez 21) Pic 22) Karthikeyan 23) Glock 24) De La Rosa

  56. 0704: 
    Here's how they finished 1-12

    1) Vettel 2) Button 3) Alonso 4) Hamilton 5) Webber 6) Rosberg 7) Massa 8) Schumacher 9) Ricciardo 10) Raikkonen 11) Bottas 12) Di Resta

  57. 0701: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG

    *SEBASTIAN VETTEL FINISHES FASTEST IN FIRST PRACTICE FOR THE INDIAN GRAND PRIX*

  58. 0658: 

    Vettel improves with 1:27.619 but it is quite bunched at the top of the timesheet and, with just over a minute remaining, still time for changes before the end of this session.

  59. 0657: 

    Bit of oversteer from Alonso coming out of Turn 5 and heading into Turn 6 hampers the Spaniard's chances of claiming P1, but it is not much slower than Vettel as he slots in second with 1:28.044.

  60.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Iain Scott on Twitter: "Re: 0633. Jerez 1997, Schumacher, Villeneuve and Frentzen qualified in the top 3 places, all setting the exact same time of 1:21.027."

  61. 0651: 

    Just under 10 minutes remaining and Vettel takes his place at the top for the first time in this session, clocking 1:28.036. Lap times likely to continue to improve as Ferrari report over the team radio that grip is improving rapidly. Everyone still on the hard tyre compound.

  62. 0646: 

    Alonso goes fastest but his stay at the top of the timesheet is brief as Hamilton soon usurps his former team-mate, going quickest with 1:28.046. Michael Schumacher, making his final appearance in India, is up to seventh after clocking 1:28.993.

  63. 0641: 

    Hamilton locks up at Turn Four but recovers to clock 1:28.765 and move behind the Red Bulls into P3. Gutierrez has been having a good first-ever run out in an F1 practice session but has a bit of a scare when he slides off at Turn Nine, however he manages to keep the car away from the barriers before returning to the circuit.

  64. 0638:  
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Ferrari have two different rear wings here and they're back-to-backing that. But they've just done a straight-line test so they really should know which is best. I call that wasting time at a race meeting. They also have two different front wings here. They're a bit more tricky to be sure about."

  65. 0636: 

    Well that moment was short-lived as Webber takes sole possession of P1 as he improves to 1:28.229. The Red Bulls are continuing to show good pace this morning as Vettel reclaims second ahead of Alonso.

  66. 0633: 

    Something I've certainly not seen before, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso have clocked exactly the same lap time, going round in 1:28.963.

    "It is amazing when that happens. I'd love to see that again for pole position," says BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson.

  67. 0628: 

    Webber leaps into P1 as he clocks 1:28.963 in his Red Bull. Team-mate Vettel has been improving his times with every lap and on his third run around the Buddh International Circuit he climbs up into second, 0.288secs behind Webber. One or two drivers still getting caught out by the low level of grip, with Rosberg running wide before he pits.

  68. 0624: 

    Force India on Twitter: "It's a pretty standard programme for FP1. Data collection this morning while the afternoon will be focussed on tyre work."

  69. 0623: 

    Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are out on the track in their Red Bulls and they are last two drivers to record timed laps, slotting in at sixth and 18th fastest respectively.

  70. 0620: 

    We have just passed the halfway stage of the session and Button remains top of the timesheet with 1:29.684. Ferrari's Felipe Massa is up to second, just 0.325secs behind Button. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg is third, with Nico Hulkenberg of Force India, getting his first taste of the Buddh International Circuit, fourth.

  71. 0617:  
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Marussia have a little upgrade they are going to try out, a new front wing which is going to go on Timo Glock's car. It is along the lines of what Red Bull have and it will be interesting to see what that brings to the car."

  72. 0612: 

    Everyone is out on hard tyres as Lotus's Romain Grosjean leaps up to P2 with 1:31.376. Grip is still quite low on the circuit, with Maldonado having slid off on a couple of occasions.

  73. 0608: 

    Lap times are getting quicker as grip starts to improve with some rubber laid down. Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button exchange fastest times, with the latter becoming the first driver to dip below 1:30.000 as he clocks 1:29.684.

  74. 0603: 

    And we have a timed lap as Gutierrez clocks one minute 46.071 seconds. Hamilton quickly follows suit and shaves a fair few seconds off the Sauber man's time, clocking 1:37.354.

  75. 0600: 

    Just under an hour of the session remaining and Gutierrez is the first to re-emerge on the circuit in his Sauber. Lewis Hamilton then pops on his helmet, returns to his McLaren and joins Gutierrez on the track.

  76.   
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer in Noida

    "Fernando Alonso continues to think positively about his title chances. On paper, they look good - he's only six points behind leader Sebastian Vettel and, as Lewis Hamilton puts it, he's driving 'fantastically'. But Ferrari have failed to develop their car to keep pace with Red Bull and he knows he is on the back foot. Still, though, he persists with the view that he can fight to the end. 'Everyone was a bit up and down this season,' he said. 'We were leading the championship until Korea thanks to our consistency and avoiding mistakes. So far we have been doing 16 perfect races. If we do another four, we will be very close to winning the championship.'"

  77. 0557: 

    There have been a couple of changes to the circuit since last year's race, with the grass to the right before Turns 5 and 16 replaced with asphalt, while the asphalt on the exit of Turn 15 has been extended.

  78. 0554: 

    No cars out on the circuit at the moment so as things are quiet, let's have a closer look at the Buddh International Circuit. Designed by renowned German architect and racetrack designer Herman Tilke, the 5.125km circuit is a series of fast, rolling curves that gives drivers the opportunity to really push their car to the limit.

    Those who raced on it last year instantly fell in love, and you can read some thoughts of the drivers in our Indian Grand Prix preview on the website.

  79. 0549: 

    Mark Webber has just had another little foray out on the circuit before returning to the Red Bull garage. Looks like most of the teams are leaving it until a little later this morning before clocking timed laps as they wait for track conditions to improve. It is still a bit dusty out there, so grip is limited.

    A smattering of fans in the stands or relaxing on the grass, with many playing with their phones. Little to entertain them on the circuit at the moment.

  80.  
    GET INVOLVED

    fqiren on Twitter: "Kimi Raikkonen to continue sealing important championship points till the last race of the season and nick the title with one point. 2007 anyone?"

  81. 0545: 

    Every driver has been out for their installation laps, but not much action on the track at the moment with many teams back in the garages now checking out the data gathered early in the session.

  82. 0543:  
    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "I am at the Mercedes garage have been looking at this double DRS system on the rear wing. They are coming in every lap and doing small changes to it. They have been playing around putting a little Gurney flap on it and also playing with the size of the outlet of the duct at the back. They are trying to balance things out, it is a very tricky thing to set up."

  83. 0539: 

    Force India's Paul di Resta reports over the team radio that there is not much grip on the track at the moment. Not much of a surprise, given that the circuit is rarely used outside of the F1 races.

  84. 0535: 

    Guiterrez heads out for his installation lap, making his Sauber debut. A few more drivers soon follow him out, including Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen, who is in India for the first time in his life.

  85. 0531: 

    The first practice session is under way and the Torro Rosso duo of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo are the first to head out for a little nosey round the Buddh International Circuit.

  86. 0530: 

    Lots of media interest in Esteban Gutierrez as he readies himself for his Formula 1 debut in this morning's practice session. Giedo van der Garde, who will be on BBC Radio 5 live this weekend, will have a run out in the Caterham.

  87. 0527:  
    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "The Buddh International Circuit is a fantastic facility. It is my first time here and when you look at the track you can see a lot has gone into it. I can understand why the drivers say they like it. It is quite a demanding track with fast corners and I think we are in for a good weekend."

  88. 0525: 
    FAST FACT

    Sebastian Vettel claimed his first 'Grand Chelem' - a perfect weekend - at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix last year. The Red Bull driver took pole position, recorded the fastest lap and lead every lap of the race on his way to the 21st win of his career.

  89. 0523:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Formula 1 and India are in one way unusual bedfellows - one of the poorest countries in the world, where millions exist on little more than a pound a day, playing host to one of the richest sports. Yet there is a hyperactivity, and a breathless race towards modernity, about some aspects of Indian society that in other ways make the two a perfect fit. And the Indian Grand Prix has very quickly become a favourite event. Part of that is that the sheer uniqueness of any trip to India makes it special, but it's also that by accident or design a stonking circuit has been created outside the capital Delhi."

  90. 0520: 

    Beautiful blue skies above the Buddh International Circuit this morning, and it is a scorching 30 degrees at the moment. It looks a bit hazy, but we are unlikely to see as much dust kick up around the track as we did last year with race organisers having an employed a fleet of mechanical dusters to clean the surface as much as possible.

  91. 0515: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Not long until first practice gets under way but l'm also keen to have your thoughts on how you think this weekend will pan out.

    Last year, Vettel was untouchable as he led from start to finish. Could we be in for a repeat from the German? But what of Alonso? Ferrari have promised to show aggression in these remaining races, will the Spaniard wrest back the championship lead? Is Kimi Raikkonen in with a chance and are Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber really out of the race?

    Tweet your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcf1 or text on 81111. As always, please remember to put your name in those texts.

  92. 0513:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "It's fair to say that Sauber's explanation that Perez had a cold was met with a fair degree of cynicism - Gutierrez is a candidate for the team next year and this is clearly a good chance to try him out at a grand prix weekend. Perez's tweet in Spanish that he had a fever on Thursday but was feeling well this morning did little to dispel that feeling."

  93. 0510: 

    First bit of news for this morning is that Sergio Perez will be replaced by Esteban Gutierrez in the Sauber for first practice. Perez has been battling a heavy cold this week and the team have decided to give him more time to recover so that he is able to "drive for the remainder of the weekend".

  94. 0507: 

    So then, while I brew up another much-needed coffee, here is a quick run-down of what we have coming up today. First up, we have a 90-minute practice session at 05:30 BST and another at 09:30. Live commentary from both sessions will be on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 05:25.

  95. 0505: 

    The one thing last year's race did not have, however, was a championship battle. Vettel had already sewn up the drivers' title in Japan two races previously, but that is certainly not the case this time. After a hat-trick of race wins Vettel is now six clear of Alonso, and with 100 points up for grabs, there is still a long way to go in this fight for the championship.

  96. 0502: 

    Welcome to the Indian Grand Prix. In a country where cricket rules the roost, Formula 1's debut on the subcontinent last year was a huge success. It promised much and it delivered, with drivers almost unanimous in their praise of what they believe is a circuit that is already challenging Spa-Francorchamps as one of the best on the calendar.

  97. 0500: 

    A mere six points separates championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso and with just four races remaining, neither can afford to slip up from here on in. We are entering the endgame of a thrilling Formula 1 season - a mini championship if you like that starts right here at Buddh International Circuit...

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0

Results

After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham