(Schumacher had 68 and Ayrton Senna 65). Hamilton has 31 and Alonso 22.
Alonso has not been on the front row in the last 24 races, with his last appearance being his pole in Germany in July 2012. He has not been on pole in a dry qualifying since 2010.
Caterham and Marussia have yet to score a point after three seasons in Formula One.
Mexican Esteban Gutierrez’s seventh place in Japan made him the first and so far only rookie to score points this season.
Vettel is the only driver to have started on pole in India and the only one to have won there (2011, 2012). He has also led every lap in India and last year was fastest in every practice session.
Red Bull have swept the front row in qualifying in both previous races.
Alonso was on the podium in India in 2012 and 2011, the only driver other than Vettel to do that.
Force India are the first and only Indian-owned team but have never had an Indian driver. There are no Indian drivers in this year’s race for the first time.
Sauber principal Monisha Kaltenborn was born in the Indian city of Dehradun and lived in the country until she was eight.
Pirelli are expecting two stops to be the norm. After bringing hard and soft compounds for the past two years, they have switched to medium and soft as a more aggressive choice.
Vettel’s win in Japan was his fifth in a row. The last driver to do that was Schumacher in 2004. The Ferrari driver went on to win seven in a row that year.
The record of nine wins in a row was set by Italian Alberto Ascari in 1952/53.
McLaren have still not been on the podium this year. The last time they went through a season without finishing in the top three was in 1980.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin)