Formula Racing

Indian Grand Prix Race Review: Buddh International Circuit

ANOTHER STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR INDIAN MOTORSPORT – By Armaan Ebrahim

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing): Grabbing his career’s 35th pole position despite a late oversteer on the turn 7, the current World Champion was 0.044 seconds faster than his team mate in the other Red Bull. Having tasted victory here at the 1st edition of the Indian Grand Prix Vettel, the winner of last three races would be hoping to make it four out of four and shutting the doors on Alonso for Championship.

Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing): Locking out the front row of the grid will be the two Red Bulls. Having taken the pole positions in the last two races, the Red Bulls who were looking to dominate the Asian circuits have consolidated their positions and with a good qualifying session and hopefully a good race will be enough to take the constructor’s championship for the season.

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren): Completing the lap at 1:25:544, Lewis Hamilton trailed the Red Bull of Vettel by 0.261 seconds. This should be a pretty satisfying result for him as he will need to make a good use of the start and take an early advantage to take control of the race.

Nico Hulkenberg (Force India): Having failed to make it to the Q3, the Q2 result was the best that the Force India cars could have hoped for. The cars would be trying to get the tyre strategy right as the two Force Indias are looking slower than their rivals on their home circuit.

Paul Di Resta (Force India): A big weekend was what was expected of the Force India but the results weren’t as expected in the qualifying sessions. Hoping to finish both the cars in the top 10, a good bit of work needs to be done.

As the curtains come down on the second edition of the 2012 Airtel Formula One Indian Grand Prix, there is much to savour- on and off the race-track. Thanks to the media support and the advertiser interest, motorsport has dominated public imagination and not just in the sports pages. For a one-sport country, it is deeply encouraging to see images of racing cars on billboards, buses and pretty much everywhere there was any space. The large than life cut-outs of international racing drivers coincided well with the festive Dusshera season. Quite fittingly, the Formula 1 cars and their expert drivers, came bearing fireworks and put on quite a sparkling show!

The racing at all levels, including the support races was of a high standard. The fact that each of the sixty laps of the Formula 1 race, had enough material for a highlights package, is a fitting testimony to the technical brilliance of the Buddh International Circuit. A perfect race-track is one where every corner and all sectors demand the highest levels of skills and concentration from the drivers- and the Buddh does all that and more. Even the most skilled – Vettel, Alonso, Kimi, Hamilton etc., for all the laps they have put in through their careers, had to bring their A-game to a track that demands nothing short of perfection. 

The Formula 1 race had its fair share of drama and though Michael Schumacher’s last F1 outing in India ended anti-climactically, the Driver’s championship stays alive, if only by a thin thread. Success in any form of racing is dictated by the perfect harmony between man and machine. Adrian Newey’s work on the Red Bull cars has been phenomenal and Vettel is too good a driver to not capitalize on a winning car and he did just that. From Friday to Sunday, Vettel didn’t put a foot wrong and defended his India GP Title.

The Buddh Circuit has acquitted itself very well. The Sahara Force India team is getting better with every outing and is making rapid strides to the top. That leaves the Drivers. Already we have had two drivers in Formula 1. The next generation is ready. With the right support from fans, sponsors and media, the next frontier for Indian motorsport is not just for Indian drivers to be on the F1 grid, but in a few years, for us to dominate Formula 1 racing!

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes