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Simulators key to India success for Red Bull

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have been putting in some intensive simulator time ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
When the F1 teams and drivers arrive at the Buddh International Circuit in India this week, they'll be facing a completely new, untried and untested track - and Red Bull Racing are relying on their race simulators to give them an edge over other teams in getting up to speed as quickly as possible.

"I'd say we have an 85% understanding of what the track is going to be like," said Mark Webber, who was looking forward to the chance of getting to know the real thing in a few days. "In the simulator it looks like quite a quick flowing track, very rewarding ... In terms of the kerbs and other subtle final details, these will obviously come into place right at the end."

"By the time we race in India, I'll have done several laps of the track on the simulator," said his team mate, newly-crowned double world champion Sebastian Vettel, who described the circuit as "a combination of slow corners and high-speed straights which flow into each other."

Both drivers were looking forward to exploit any edge they could get over their competitors in the unfamiliar surroundings.

"I'm really looking forward to India; I always do when we drive on a new track," said Vettel. "There should be plenty of good opportunities to overtake."

Vettel added that the team were expecting an average speed of 235kph in India, second only to the lap speeds seen at Monza, and that this together with the heat expected in India (typically in the 30s) will present quite a challenge of the Pielli tyres.

"The altitude difference is extreme," he added, "Rather like in Spa or Turkey, which will give the driving an additional element."

As for Webber, he was just looking forward to his first visit to India, a country he loves because of its rich cricketing history.

"There are some amazing cricket players from India," said Webber, a big fan of the sport. "It's their number one sport and I'd love to watch Australia play cricket there someday. I'm looking forward to the weekend."


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