Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel
will be aiming for his third Indian Grand Prix
win in succession next weekend, in a bid to clinch his fourth F1 drivers' title in style.
Vettel heads to the Buddh International Circuit, scene of the 16th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, with a 90-point lead over Fernando Alonso
and now needs only to finish fifth or better to guarantee him the title, even if his Spanish rival wins.
“So far everything has always gone perfectly for us in India,” said Vettel, who won the inaugural race there in 2011 and then followed that up with victory there again twelve months ago.
“There is also a very nice trophy at the end of the race - so it would be great to hold one again this year!
“It's a circuit that I like, in a country that is very, very impressive every time we go there.”
“It is not an easy track though, because of a few complicated rhythm breakers that are in there," added the German, who will head into the event as the favourite following his ninth win of the season and his fifth in a row in Japan.
"The most difficult part is the uphill entry to Turn Three, because seeing the apex is practically impossible. So to drive a perfect lap around the Buddh circuit, you need a good driving instinct,” he concluded.
Team-mate Mark Webber
meanwhile is also looking forward to the event and will be out to improve on the third place finish he managed in 2012.
“India is an extremely unique country for lots of different reasons, culturally there's lots going on and you've got some pretty spectacular cities, busy cities. I've tried some of the local food and it's really tasty, and obviously spicy, but I don't mind that!” remarked the Aussie.
“The track [itself] is good. I think they've done a good job with the circuit, it's a place where you can really put a F1 car on the limit and it's quick. It's a very demanding track for the car and driver. It's probably very similar to the old Turkey circuit, but the middle sector is very similar to Silverstone - it's very, very fast, but has some undulations as well.
“The undulations are quite good and quite cute; they've put them in some challenging areas for us,” Webber summed-up.