Indian Grand Prix qualifying as it happened

Text and video highlights of qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix from Greater Noida, where Sebastian Vettel takes pole.

26 October 2013 Last updated at 12:34

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As it happened

  1. 1140: 

    There's only one place where Sebastian Vettel likes to start this race and that's pole position. The German heads the field for the third year in succession but has his desire to take pole by choosing the soft tyres handicapped him for the race? His Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber will hope so. He's the highest placed driver on the hard tyres in fourth.

    Yes, both title races may effectively be over - in favour of Vettel and Red Bull - but tomorrow's race result is by no means a foregone conclusion. I can't wait. Until tomorrow, it's good morning from me.

  2. 1135: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Don't forget the clocks go back tonight, so you'll get an extra hour in bed before tomorrow's race. Our coverage starts at 0800 GMT with live text commentary building up to what could be a big celebration for Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team. The TV coverage starts on BBC One at 0830, with BBC Radio 5 live joining at 0900 ahead of the start of the race at 0930.

  3. 1130: 

    Mark Webber looks pretty pleased with his fourth place on the grid. "It was not a bad qualifying to be honest," said the Red Bull driver with a wry smile. "The second row we thought would probably not be possible.

    "We had a plan to run the mediums in Q3. In the end, we got the most out of it. We are going to have different start to race with the others on the softs but I'll need to put that tyre on at some stage. It's 50-50 how it will go." The Australian is very much in the hunt tomorrow.

  4. 1125: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton declared himself "happy" with third place on the grid. "You hope you could find a bit more time with your lap," he said. "I lost time at the last corner but otherwise I was surprised to see us so high up. I'm happy.

    On whether he will go to the stewards about Sebastian Vettel getting in his way, Hamilton said: "No [I don't think so]. It's difficult to make a decision on whether I lost time or not - it wasn't really ideal. I was in the middle sector, I went into Turn Eight and there was a Red Bull stuck in the middle of a corner. It does change your approach."

  5. 1120: 

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg is looking pretty pleased with himself after qualifying second. "I'm pleased because the aim this weekend was to be best of the rest," he said. "Second place is a great place to start.

    "It's been a demanding weekend. We went wild with the set up on Friday to try and find a few tenths - and luckily we found it. So it's cool. We looked at both strategies and we think the soft is the better one."

  6. 1115: 

    For those of you who are just waking up and missed the action, you'd had a shocker, But fear not, as there's a qualifying highlights show at 1300 BST on BBC One.

  7. 1110: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's qualifying report which is handy if you want to know who starts on what tyres tomorrow afternoon. As a guide, Sebastian Vettel (P1), Nico Rosberg (P2), Lewis Hamilton (P3) are on the softs while Mark Webber (P4) and Fernando Alonso (P8) are on the mediums.


    Emma P: Should be fun watching the race unfold tomorrow, with the tyre situation.

  9. 1105: 
    Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg

    1) Vettel 2) Rosberg 3) Hamilton 4) Webber 5) Massa 6) Raikkonen 7) Hulkenberg 8) Alonso 9) Perez 10) Button 11) Ricciardo

    12) Di Resta 13) Sutil 14) Vergne 15) Bottas 16) Gutierrez 17) Grosjean 18) Maldonado 19) Bianchi 20) Van der Garde 21) Pic 22) Chilton

  10. 1100: 

    It's interesting that when asked by his team over the radio whether he knew which Red Bull it was that got in his way on his final quick lap, Lewis Hamilton replied that it was Sebastian Vettel. When asked about it in the top three press conference afterwards, when sat next to Vettel, he said he wasn't too sure who it was.

  11. 1056: 

    Lewis Hamilton, who will start third: "It's been a tough weekend, congratulations to Sebastian he showed serious pace. We have been pushing and we wanted to get a great result this weekend. I was surprised to be where we are. I did have some traffic through Turn 8 and 9 and it didn't help. It might have been a Red Bull but we didn't lose too much time."

  12. 1052: 

    Sebastian Vettel, who will start on pole: "Mark chose a different tyre. I have to start on the different tyre, obviously the strategy is different. I think in the end, if everybody does his bit it probably doesn't matter so much. It's a great result for the team, we'll see what the result is tomorrow."


    The Pob: I think Seb might be regretting going on the soft tyres? Think he could have had pole on the harder compound.

    BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan

    "We're talking about greatness here. In India, there is no one better than Sebastian Vettel. And he's doing it with ease. He has demonstrated by any doubt that he is the master class here."

  15. 1047: 

    Here's something interesting. We've just seen a replay of Lewis Hamilton's last timed lap where he reports that Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel impeded him. Will there be any implications for the German?

  16. 1043: 

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner tells Suzi Perry that Sebastian Vettel wanted to take the soft tyres and Mark Webber wanted the mediums so it worked out well because the team wanted to split the strategies. "It's great for Mark to start fourth on those tyres," he added.

  17. 1040: 

    Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says that the team were a bit too conservative in Japanese Grand Prix qualifying which is why they tried to be a bit more aggressive here by trying to get Romain Grosjean through Q1 on the medium tyres.

  18. 1037: 

    A pretty despondent Jenson Button, who starts 10th: "It probably is the right strategy call, but it hurts. The option running was good, quickest in Q1, so it hurts. I found it really difficult on the prime tyre. The idea is that everyone will pit after five or six laps and get out of our way."

  19. 1035: 
    THE TOP 10

    1) Vettel 2) Rosberg 3) Hamilton 4) Webber 5) Massa 6) Raikkonen 7) Hulkenberg 8) Alonso 9) Perez 10) Button

  20. 1033: 

    Was it ever in doubt? Not really, but what is really interesting is that the top three - Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton - will start on the soft tyre, while Mark Webber in fourth is on the medium.

    If the Australian can get a good start and at least maintain position, he'll be leading the race when the top three have to put early for new rubber. Then he can run very deep and use the more fragile soft tyre when he's lower on fuel at the end of the race.

  21. 1032: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel takes pole position for Indian Grand Prix for the third successive year.

  22. 1030: 

    Nico Rosberg goes second quickest on the soft tyre, seven tenths adrift of Sebastian Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton slotting into third. Mark Webber is now fourth, but he's the highest starting driver on the medium tyre at the moment.

  23. 1029: 

    Sergio Perez goes fifth quickest with McLaren team-mate Jenson Button sixth. The Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are on their first timed laps.

  24. 1028: 

    Kimi Raikkonen goes third on the soft tyre. That's good news for Mark Webber who is second on the medium. Surprisingly, Sebastian Vettel has gone out again. It doesn't look like he's under any threat for pole.

  25. 1026: 

    Just three times on the board with just under four minutes remaining.

  26. 1024: 

    Sebastian Vettel slashes 1.707 seconds off the previous best to go quickest on the soft tyre with the fastest lap ever set at the Buddh International circuit. The German clocked a 1:24.119.

    Mark Webber goes second, one second off the pace on the medium tyre. The Australian will be pretty happy with that if he can hold on to second place - and not do a soft tyre run - as he'll be able to go deeper into the race than Red Bull team-mate Vettel.

  27. 1023: 

    Fernando Alonso clocks a 1:25.826 to go quickest.

  28. 1022: 

    Mercedes and McLaren have split their strategies, too. Fernando Alonso is out there on the medium tyre in the Ferrari.

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen

    "Red Bull are clearly thinking about switching the strategies here, with Vettel going for pole position."

  30. 1021: 

    Sebastian Vettel has headed out on the soft tyre while his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber has gone for the medium.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    If I was running in a Red Bull, I would choose a medium because they know that while they won't be on pole, they can still qualify well. I'd do the same if I was McLaren. The question is what will those in the middle bunch (Ferrari, Mercedes & Lotus) do?

  32. 1020: 

    The question for Q3 is how many drivers will opt for the medium more durable tyres which they will then start the race on?

  33. 1019: 

    Romain Grosjean, who starts 17th: "We just missed the cut-off time, everyone went quicker than we thought. Today, for some reason, the medium were not quick enough. It's a decision we [as a team] took together, we were confident we could do enough with them but we got it wrong."

  34. 1018: 

    "We checked with Charlie who was fine with it," says Red Bull boss Christian Horner with regards Mark Webber crossing the white line with all four wheels. "It was actually slower to do that."

  35. 1017: 

    1) Vettel 2) Alonso 3) Webber 4) Raikkonen 5) Hamilton 6) Rosberg 7) Hulkenberg 8) Perez 9) Massa 10) Button

  36. 1016: 

    11) Ricciardo 12) Di Resta 13) Sutil 14) Vergne 15) Bottas 16) Gutierrez

  37. 1015: 

    Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix.

  38. 1014: 

    Nico Hulkenberg nails a tidy lap to haul himself out of the drop zone and into sixth place.

  39. 1013: 

    Valtteri Bottas, Jean-Eric Vergne, Adrian Sutil, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez are currently in the drop zone.

  40. 1012: 

    Kimi Raikkonen is up to third, with Nico Rosberg fourth and Jenson Button fifth. Button has pitted for a fresh set of soft tyres, after doing his current best on a scrubbed set. That just shows was an impressive lap that.

  41. 1010: 

    Sebastian Vettel smashes his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber's leading time by a massive half a second. The German clocked a 1:24.568 and will certainly not need to run again.

  42. 1008: 

    Mark Webber goes fastest with a 1:25.097, which is quicker than last year's pole position time. The Red Bull driver did run wide and put all four wheels across the white line, but will the stewards deem that he gained an advantage by doing so?

  43. 1006: 

    Jenson Button goes second quickest in the McLaren as both Red Bulls head out. Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel have fitted a set of fresh soft tyres to their cars.

  44. 1004: 

    Nico Rosberg looks to have the upper hand at Mercedes in India. The German goes quickest with a 1:25.337, which is 0.158 seconds quicker than his team-mate Lewis Hamilton could manage.

  45. 1002: 

    Felipe Massa slots into second, just a few fractions behind his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso. Paul Di Resta goes third, with Kimi Raikkonen fourth and Daniel Ricciardo fifth.

  46. 1001: 

    Kimi Raikkonen's first effort is a 1:26.279 on the softs in the Lotus. That's unlikely to be enough to get him through. It's a better effort from Fernando Alonso who clocks a 1:25.546 on the soft tyres. That's the same time as Jenson Button clocked when he topped the Q1 times.

  47. 1000: 

    Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are out and about nice and early in this session.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "That's the first time a McLaren has finished fastest in a segment of qualifying this season."

  49. 0957: 

    The second part of qualifying is under way. This one lasts 15 minutes and will see the six slowest drivers given the boot.

  50. 0955: 

    17) Grosjean 18) Maldonado 19) Bianchi 20) Van der Garde 21) Pic 22) Chilton

  51. 0954: 

    "You're out of Q1," says Romain Grosjean's race engineer after the Lotus driver finished 17th fastest. "No way," comes the reply. The Frenchman did his quickest lap on the medium tyre. Why didn't Lotus send him out there on the soft? BBC F1 analyst Eddie Jordan describes the decision as "foolish". He was four tenths adrift of Valtteri Bottas in 16th.

  52. 0953: 


  53. 0952: 


  54. 0951: 

    Romain Grosjean is on the bubble in 16th with Felipe Massa in 17th. The bad news for Grosjean is that he's back in the garage while Massa is running quickly out on track. Could the man who led much of the Japanese Grand Prix get knocked out in Q1?

  55. 0950: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button goes quickest as the chequered flag comes out but anyone who is still on a lap can still complete it.

  56. 0949: 

    Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:25.7, but he's soon beaten by Mark Webber who got another lap out of those soft tyres. Kimi Raikkonen is third, with Nico Rosberg fourth and Paul Di Resta fifth.

  57. 0946: 

    Mark Webber goes third quickest on the soft tyre. That'll comfortable get this through to Q2. As it stands, Jean-Eric Vergne, Pastor Maldonado, Jules Bianchi, Giedo van der Garde, Charles Pic and Max Chilton are in the drop zone.

  58. 0945: 

    Fernando Alonso goes quickest on the soft tyre, the Spaniard clocking a 1:26.057 which is a tenth quicker than anyone else. Sebastian Vettel then goes and nails a lap which is just 0.009 seconds slower - and that was on the slower, medium tyre. Hammer blow.


    Andrew Benson: Alonso goes out for one run in Q1 on the softs. Is he going to run on mediums in Q3..?

  60. 0943: 

    Esteban Gutierrez goes quickest, with Nico Rosberg second and Sergio Perez third. Kimi Raikkonen is fourth, ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Jenson Button.

    Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have just headed out. The latter is on the faster, soft tyre.

  61. 0939: 

    Drivers have chosen the medium tyre for their early runs, with Sergio Perez now quickest, a tenth quicker than Nico Rosberg with Kimi Raikkonen third and Nico Hulkenberg fourth.

  62. 0937: 

    Nico Rosberg sets the benchmark, a 1:26.622 which is a tenth slower than the cut-off time suggested to his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

  63. 0936: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "The cut-off [to get through Q1] is [one minute] 26.5."

  64. 0935: 

    We've got a direct line through to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on the pit wall this weekend. "Both drivers are pretty happy with the balance from this morning so hopefully we can carry that through to qualifying," he said. "The tyre strategy will be interesting. We've got one tyre that will last 10 miles [soft] and another that will last 150 [medium]."

  65. 0932: 

    Surprisingly, Nico Rosberg is the second man out. That's quite early for a Mercedes, but the German is obviously keen to get down to business. In contrast, Sebastian Vettel is still taking his time suiting up.

  66. 0930: 

    The first part of qualifying is under way at the Buddh International Circuit. Esteban Gutierrez is the first man out on track in the Sauber. The Mexican impressed in Japan, securing his the first points of his F1 career but he's been well off the pace in India.


    Matthias Carter: I'm not bored of Vettel winning. It's what the sport is all about - him and @redbullracing are doing the best job and deserve it.

  68. 0928: 
    Indian GP

    Kimi Raikkonen has suited up and is already sat in the car ahead of qualifying. Sebastian Vettel is no rush, though. He's got his headphones on and is clicking his fingers as he strolls through the paddock towards the Red Bull garage.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "Who's going to be third? That was the question one insider asked over lunch. The Red Bulls look unbeatable on pace - but Ferrari looked better than usual on Saturday morning and may be in the mix with Lotus and Mercedes to be best of the rest. The big question is, which of the front-runners if any will qualify on the harder, slower medium tyre, for a potential strategic advantage in the race."

  70. 0925: 

    This is your five-minute warning. Just enough time to get a fresh cuppa and a bit of toast to get you through qualifying.

    Ironing board with TV screens

    Alex C Brewer: And out comes the ironing board.

  72. 0920: 

    Fernando Alonso - the only man who can mathematically beat Sebastian Vettel to the title - has not been on the front row in any of the last 24 races. The Ferrari driver was previously on pole in the 2012 German Grand Prix. But that was in the wet. His last pole in the dry was way back in 2010.

  73. 0915: 

    There's just 15 minutes to go until qualifying starts. We've got TV coverage on BBC One and in the video console at the top of this page. The BBC Radio 5 live sports extra F1 team will be on air from 0925.

  74. 0911: 

    There's been a lot of talk about driver weight of late. Next year's minimum weight limit has been increased to take into account the introduction of new engines. As a result, that will mean heavier drivers will be disadvantaged.

    "Yes it is a concern," said McLaren's Jenson Button. "I'm pretty light for my height. I'm 6ft and 70kg. It's quite difficult to lose any more weight. In the last couple of years, I've already not eaten carbs and I've been doing a lot of long-distance training. It's tough for me but even worse for Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta. You don't always lose lap time, but it's also about balancing weight in the car."


    Emily Suckling: "I do like Hulkenberg, I reckon he has a great future."

  76. 0906: 

    Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg, speaking to Lee McKenzie on his plans for 2014: "My future is not decided, there is no contract. Sauber is a possibility, there are a couple more. I won't go into too much detail as to who they are. It's just important to find the right package.

    "What I bring is me, my passion, my commitment to the sport, my talent and full support for the team. There no financial backing."

  77. 0903: 

    Nico Hulkenberg is the man in demand at the moment. His form in the last three races has been sensational as he battled with Ferraris and Lotuses in a car which has struggled to score points for most of the season.

    Will he stay at Sauber? Will Lotus take him? Or is a return to Force India on the cards? Here's what he has to say...

    McLaren mechanic cleaning tyres

    McLaren: Primed for action...the tyres get a wash down before quali.

  79. 0900: 

    Coverage for the Indian GP this weekend is live across the BBC - on TV, radio & online.

    Qualifying is live on BBC One now, on 5 live sports extra from 0925 and online. The qualifying repeat is at 1300 BST on BBC One.

    Race coverage on Sunday is on BBC One from 0830, on 5 live from 0900 and here online. The F1 Forum is at 1145 on the Red Button and online. The race is repeated at 1400 on BBC One and TV highlights are on BBC Three at 1900 and on the Red Button.

    And don't forget all the lovely extra camera streams available online during qualifying and the race, including the pit lane feed, driver tracker, on-board, timing screens and alternative commentary.

    For more information on what's available on Red Button, connected TV and alternative camera views, check out the Formula 1 pages.

  80. 0856: 
    David Ward

    David Ward, who is going up against incumbent Jean Todt for the role of FIA president, says the election will be quite open if he can get enough nominations to even be allowed to stand against the Frenchman. The deadline is 15 November with the election taking place on 6 December.

  81. 0853: 

    Sebastian Vettel was in sensational form at the Buddh International Circuit this morning, topping the times with ease. The German has finished fastest in all three practice sessions this year, just as he did last year. Vettel has started on pole and won both races in India, leading all 120 laps.

  82. 0849: 
    Michael Schumacher's stricken Ferrari at the 1997 European Grand Prix

    Sixteen years ago today, Jacques Villenueve, son of Gilles, won his one and only Formula 1 World Championship after Ferrari's Michael Schumacher collided with the Williams and spun off into the gravel at the European Grand Prix at Jerez.

    You can read the BBC report - on this very old-school webpage - here. Schumacher was later stripped of his second place in the championship that year as punishment for deliberately driving into Villeneuve.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:
    Daniil Kvyat

    "The big news story heading into this weekend was Red Bull's decision to give the Toro Rosso drive vacated by Daniel Ricciardo's promotion to Red Bull to 19-year-old Russian GP3 driver Daniil Kvyat. The favourite had been Portuguese Antonio Felix Da Costa, but his less-than-convincing season in Formula Renault 3.5 cost him.

    "Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko explained: 'His [Kvyat's] performance was going up. In two competitive categories [GP3 and Formula Three] he has been winning races and pole positions in both so he has showed he has great speed and potential.' Toro Rosso are trying to get Kvyat to drive in first practice in the final two races of the season, as long as they can secure him the necessary licence. 'First he has to get a super-licence,' Marko said, 'then we will try to prepare him as good as possible for next year. Toro Rosso have to then see what they can manage.'"

  84. 0845: 

    Tyres are once again the talk of the town. The soft tyre is lasting for very few laps, so we're likely to see some very early pit stops in tomorrow's race. That means someone who gambles on qualifying on the mediums, and sacrificing grid position, could gain handsomely in the race.


    James Bailey: Vettel is definitely an amazing driver. The car isn't everything, you need to know how to get the car working before you can win a race.

  86. 0842: 

    As usual, qualifying will last an hour and be split into three segments. The first will last 20 minutes and see the six slowest driver knocked out. The times are reset ahead of a 15-minute session where another six are removed from the process. That leaves 10 to fight it out for pole.


    Nigel Spooky Moss: Pile of bacon sandwiches, pot of tea, #F1 quali from India on #BBCF1 :-) Morning!

  88. 0839: 

    We're up and running on BBC One and BBC One HD with Suzi Perry, David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan your hosts. You can also follow the coverage via the video console at the top of this page. BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will join the part at 0925. We've got all the options covered.

  89. 0836: 

    If Sebastian Vettel finishes fifth or higher on Sunday, he will become world champion for the fourth year on the trot. Just three other drivers - Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alain Prost - have won four titles or more. Only Schumacher and Fangio have done it consecutively. That's quite an exclusive club to be part of.

  90. 0833: 

    Hello everybody and welcome to our live coverage of qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix from the Buddh International Circuit, 40km outside capital city New Delhi.

  91. 0830: 

    In just over 24 hours, we are likely to have a new world champion. That driver is likely to be Sebastian Vettel. Can he set himself up perfectly to achieve that feat with pole position for tomorrow's Indian Grand Prix?

  92. 0750: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    I'm off for a spot of breakfast but will be back at 0830 BST to bring you live coverage of qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix.

    Sebastian Vettel looks ominously quick, but will Red Bull decide to qualify on the medium and mix up the grid to give them a better shot in the race? You'll have to join me to find out. Pop the kettle on and see you in a bit!

  93. 0748: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's report which discusses the possibility of Sebastian Vettel potentially choosing to qualify on the medium tyres which will hamper him in qualifying but allow him to pick off other cars which started on the soft in the race as they stop early.


    Ferrari: Qualy and race forecast interesting given differences between Soft and Medium compounds, both on single and long runs.

  95. 0742: 

    We've got a short break before qualifying starts. Our build up programme will hit your screens on BBC One at 0830 BST, with BBC Radio 5 live sports extra joining at 0925. The session itself will start at 0930 and last an hour.


    Lewis Duncan: Mercedes seem to be nowhere. Early season tyre troubles rearing their head again?

  97. 0738: 

    Sebastian Vettel managed a 10-lap run on the soft tyres, starting in the 1m31s, slowing to 1m32s before dropping off into 1m34s and then recovering to 1m33s as he pushed through the graining phase.

  98. 0736: 

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

    12) Maldonado 13) Perez 14) Sutil 15) Vergne 16) Bottas 17) Ricciardo 18) Pic 19) Gutierrez 20) Van der Garde 21) Chilton 22) Bianchi

  99. 0734: 

    Sebastian Vettel has topped all three practice sessions in India this weekend, just as he did last year before going on to take pole position and the race win.

  100. 0732: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest in third and final practice for the Indian Grand Prix.

  101. 0730: 

    The chequered flag is out, but there are still quite a few drivers out there on laps.

  102. 0729: 
    Indian GP

    Lewis Hamilton's soft tyre run is ruined by Romain Grosjean who goes off track and then pulls back on in front of the Mercedes driver, forcing Hamilton to back out of it.

  103. 0726: 

    Sebastian Vettel is out on a long run on the soft tyre. The German is in the 1m31 and 1m32s on the first four laps but drops off into the 1m34s in the next four. That's quite some drop off.

  104. 0723: 

    Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg: "Both rear tyres look pretty damaged - there's maybe a blister."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "Pirelli engaged in a bit of sabre-rattling on Friday as a result of their growing frustrations at not being able to arrange as much as testing as they would like on next year's tyres. Motorsport director Paul Hembery said: 'We have to do some testing. If we cannot, then we will not be able to provide the tyres for next year.' Pirelli's PR machine later claimed the comments had been blown out of proportion.

    "It's a slightly bizarre situation. Pirelli has had a test approved with McLaren at Vallelunga in mid-November, and there will be no 2014 cars built until the first pre-season test in Jerez at the end of January - and, as Pirelli admit, only with the 2014 engines will they get a clear vision of what is needed. So when exactly - and with what - Pirelli think any further testing would take place is unclear."

  106. 0720: 

    Fernando Alonso goes third fastest on his soft tyre run but he's 0.773 seconds off the pace. Nico Hulkenberg nails a good lap. The Sauber driver slots into fourth, 0.9 seconds adrift of pacesetter Sebastian Vettel.


    Rob Gibson, via text: "What are the rules on track limits because I'm watching the practice and the amount of drivers, including Seb, have had all four wheels over the white line on their timed lap. Could you please clarify this for me?

    Drivers are allowed to have all four wheels over the white line without penalty during practice. However, if they do so in qualifying, they will lose that lap.

  108. 0714: 
    Indian GP

    Max Chilton has a moment, spinning his Marussia before recovering. Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez (above) whacks one of the orange sausage kerbs which launches him into the air. "Is the car is OK?" asks his mechanic. "Yes. Was quite hard," reports Gutierrez. I suspect he'll be a bit sore after that.

  109. 0712: 

    Nico Hukenberg has just swerved into his Sauber pit box and hit the spare jack, breaking a piece off it, which flies into the air. Replays also show that he clips the foot of a mechanic and knocks his shoe off. BBC Radio 5 live pit lane reporter Jennie Gow reports that he was down for a few seconds but is now up and about and looks to be OK.

  110. 0710: 

    Felipe Massa goes third quickest on his soft tyre run, but he's 1.1 seconds off the pace set by Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "McLaren held a news conference on Friday to introduce their highly rated young driver Kevin Magnussen to the media. The Dane has recently comfortably won the Formula Renault 3.5 championship and he was equally impressive out of the car - composed, intelligent, wise enough not to be caught out by some deliberately awkward questions, such as whether he had driven the 2014 McLaren in the simulator yet - an apparently innocuous inquiry, the answer to which could have given a hint as to whether McLaren are serious about potentially promoting him to F1 in 2104. Sergio Perez, whose future at the team is in question, did a big double-take when he walked into the McLaren building and saw a sizeable group of journalists gathered around Magnussen. Could Magnussen take Perez's seat next season? It's certainly possible. Magnussen said he believed he was ready if that was McLaren's choice."

  112. 0707: 

    Mark Webber goes second quickest, half a second slower than championship leader and team-mate Sebastian Vettel on the soft tyre.

  113. 0704: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel puts that faster rubber to good use, the German clocking the fastest time in each of the three sectors to go top of the charts, 1.679 seconds quicker than anyone else.


    BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "Very interesting decision by Red Bull. Vettel has just gone out on soft tyre - it's interesting given 80 to 90% of the race will be spent on the prime tyre. It just shows how happy Red Bull are with the set-up on the prime. And Mark Webber is about to go out on the soft as well."

  115. 0700: 

    Sergio Perez is our new leader, a few thousandths clear of Mark Webber, with Fernando Alonso a smidgen behind. Felipe Massa is fourth, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.


    Andrea B: "OK makes sense. Visibillity for the helicopter, not the cars is the problem. The medical heli has to be able to start."

  117. 0658: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber drops down to a 1:27.180, six tenths clear of Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari, with McLaren's Sergio Perez a few thousandths further back in third.


    Williams driver Pastor Maldonado: It was a hard FP2 specially with the problem we had on the wheel.... let see on Saturday what what will happen, hope better!!!

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "As if this season wasn't already bad enough for Williams, they suffered another blow on Friday when they were handed a 60,000 euro (£51,000)fine for a car losing a wheel in practice. It was the second race in succession it had happened and to the same driver. Pastor Maldonado lost a wheel heading into Spoon corner at Suzuka two weeks ago and it happened to him again here. The nut came loose, the wheel sat down and the brake disc burned through the wheel causing a puncture. Maldonado had to abandon the car in the entry to the pit lane. It's a bit of a headache for Williams, who will have thought they had a handle on the problem after investigating it after Japan."

  120. 0655: 

    Mark Webber is our early pacesetter, the Australian clocking a 1:27.879, 0.9 seconds clear of Valtteri Bottas in the Williams. The medium (prime) is the tyre of choice at the moment.

  121. 0652: 

    Unsurprisingly, there's a rush to get out of the garage and onto the track. A few try practice starts at the end of the pit lane, which clogs everything up. With the time constraints, Mercedes have decided not to bother with installation laps and instead get straight on with their programme.

  122. 0650: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Final practice is go, go, go. Albeit 20 minutes late...

  123. 0645: 

    The stewards have brought forward the new start time to 0650 BST, which means we'll have a reduced 40-minute session.

  124. 0641: 

    McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh: "That [extended delay] is even worse for us. In the regulations, there's a minimum gap between this session and qualifying. This will be a very hectic 30 minute session."

  125. 0639: 

    Practice has been delayed again because the conditions have not improved sufficiently for the medical helicopter to fly. We're looking at a start time of 0700 BST.

  126. 0636: 

    McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh: "It's difficult to see what will happen in the next few minutes which will change the situation. It almost feels sunnier and brighter today than has since we've been here. We'd like as much time as we can on the track, so it's tough. Everyone has a new prime and a new option and they will want to run both of them in this session. As the prime takes a few laps to come in, I don't think you'll have much time to do anything else. It means there'll be a lot of traffic."

  127. 0632: 

    The session will start at 0645 BST but still finish at 0730, which means final practice has been reduced to 45 minutes. Hopefully the smog will clear. It's pretty foggy-looking on the main straight.

  128. 0630: 

    The start of practice has been delayed by 15 minutes because of visibility problems.

  129. 0628: 
    Nico Hulkenberg

    Any fans of The Incredible Hulk out there? Well Nico Hulkenberg, nicknamed The Hulk for obvious reasons, has a model figure of the famous green comic character placed neatly next to his helmet in the garage.

    The German has been in impressive form of late, punching above his weight with three top-six finishes in the last four races in the Sauber.

  130. 0625: 

    The Chain rings out on BBC Two to signal the start of our TV coverage, with Lee McKenzie your host. You can watch the action above this live text.

  131. 0621: 

    Will someone be able to stop Sebastian Vettel from taking his sixth victory in a row and eighth in 10 races? Who is best placed to do that? And how would you rate Vettel's success if he does indeed go on to win his fourth successive title?

    You know the drill. Tweet us using the #bbcf1 or text 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those message.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "Sebastian Vettel does not need to dominate this weekend to tie up his fourth consecutive world title - he just needs to ensure Fernando Alonso does not score more than 16 more points than him. Given the pace of the Red Bull, the second looks a given, and the first almost as much. Fastest in first and second practice, fastest lap during the race simulations on both soft and medium tyres, fastest average peak lap time in race trim on the medium tyre. Only his average lap time on the soft tyre on a race-simulation run broke his run of firsts on Friday, and that was only in losing out to team-mate Mark Webber by the smallest of margins, and even that depended on whether you counted Webber's final slow lap of four or limited his calculation to three, the same number as Vettel did. If Vettel does win, it will be his sixth victory in a row."

  133. 0617: 

    But BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson believes Sebastian Vettel is not the guaranteed victor on Sunday. "I don't think it's all over," he said. "I think it will be harder for Vettel than the last two years. Mercedes and Lotus look quite close."

  134. 0613: 

    Red Bull have owned the Buddh International Circuit since the venue made its debut in 2011. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have locked out the front row in both races, with Vettel taking both victories and leading all 120 laps. Based on Friday's dominant performance, it's difficult to see any result other than another crushing win for the Milton Keynes-based team.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "The country changes, but the outlook remains the same, at least within the confines of an F1 circuit. The smog that envelopes Delhi and its environs at this time of year could not conceal the fact that this looks like another race that is Sebastian Vettel's and Red Bull's for the taking. On both peak lap time and in race trim, Lotus's Romain Grosjean looks like their closest challenger - just as he was in Japan two weeks ago. Whatever the Hindi is for déjà vu, that's the feeling here at the Buddh International Circuit ahead of final practice."

  136. 0610: 

    Red Bull could clinch their fourth straight championship this weekend, too. They lead Ferrari by 148 points, with a maximum of 172 still on the table. Ferrari must score at least 20 points more than Red Bull to keep the title race alive. Mercedes, in third, must score 30 more with only 43 on offer. The job for Christian Horner's team is almost done.

  137. 0606: 

    The title maths is simple. Sebastian Vettel need only finish fifth in Sunday's race and he'll claim his fourth successive world title, regardless of where his nearest rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finishes.

    Success would move the German level with Alain Prost on four championships and just one behind the great Juan Manuel Fangio. His countryman Michael Schumacher is out in front on seven.

  138. 0603: 

    Good morning everybody and welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Grand Prix from the Buddh International Circuit. It's round 16 of the Formula 1 World Championship, a contest which began competitively but has since been dominated by Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team.

  139. 0600: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel was the lead protagonist at the Buddh International Circuit on Friday as his rivals were once again left to pick up the supporting roles. The Red Bull driver, who stands on the brink of his fourth world title, was mighty - like he has been for much of this season - as he comfortably topped both sessions with his team-mate Mark Webber riding shotgun. The champagne is on ice.

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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


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

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