The third Indian Grand Prix, every single lap in India so far has been led by one man, the same man who can win the title this weekend, Sebastian Vettel.The Buddh International Circuit is a 5.125km circuit with 16 corners and 60 laps, a race distance of 307.500km, the 10th longest race distance of the year. The lap record was set by Sebastian Vettel in 2011 with a time of 1:27.249 and an average speed of 212kph or 132mph. Both races have been won by Vettel, both races have had Vettel start on pole. Vettel has won the last five races this season and could win his 10th and his fourth title. Far too much Vettel.
In non Vettel news, Webber could potentially win his 10th race this weekend, or his 40th podium, or pass 1000 points and be the sixth man to do so.
After the Japanese GP no drivers have outqualified their teammate at every GP, but both Vettel and Hulkenberg are beating their teammates 14-1 in qualifying.
The Silly Stats
If you had 1619 Tuk-Tuks and laid them out nose to tail on the Buddh International Circuit they would lap the circuit once and they would weigh 1,115,824kg, which is around the weight of 1743 Formula One cars at minimum weight (640kg).
The average elephant walks at 9kph and would take 34:14.800 to do a single walking lap of the Buddh International Circuit, they run at a speed up to 25kph, which would take them 7:42.330 for a lap, providing that they can maintain that same speed for 8 whole minutes.
To have any chance of keeping the title fight alive Alonso has to either win or finish second. If Alonso wins then Vettel only needs to finish fifth or higher, and Vettel has finished a race no lower than fourth this season. If Alonso is second then Vettel only needs eighth, and if Alonso is third or lower then he has absolutely no chance at all.
Alonso 1st – Vettel 5th or higher
Alonso 2nd – Vettel 8th or higher
For some more stats on the Indian GP see my mini-stat page