Fast and hot wheels
Vikram Chaudhary: Oct 27 2012, 02:11 IST
So, we are hosting the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix and are now respectably placed on the Formula One calendar. The five red lights that will go out to signal the start of the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix on Sunday will also mark India’s consolidation in the field of hosting the premier motor racing event in the world. Before some facts about the current race, let’s have a brief look at how last year’s race went. The Indian Grand Prix 2011 was won by Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing, whose timing for the race was 1:30:35.002, followed by Jenson Button of McLaren-Mercedes and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. In fact, Vettel also clocked the fastest lap of the race at 1 minute 27.249 seconds. The only Indian driver, Narain Karthikeyan of HRT F1 finished at 17th place and Indian team Sahara Force India’s driver Adrian Sutil stood ninth. Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar waved the chequered flag to end last year’s race. As far as the track—the Buddh International Circuit—is concerned, the participants loved it, especially the elevation changes that add to the fun. In fact, Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber told FE in a recent interview that the BIC is different because of its mix of challenging as well as top-speed sections. “There is a lot of elevation change around the lap which adds to the fun, from as much as 8% downhill and up to 10% uphill; it’s like a roller coaster. It really
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