F1: Indian Grand Prix 2013 - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau
Lap 56-60: Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing has won Indian Grand Prix sealing his fourth world championship title. With this, the German joins the elite company of Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher to have won the title on four occasions. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes finishes second and Romain Grosjean third.
Lap 51-55: Rosberg is all set to finish second behind Vettel. Raikkonen might have to fight for the third spot though. After lap 53, Grosjean is just 7.8s behind Raikkonen and is constantly shaving off the seconds. On lap 54, Hulkenberg went for a tyre change and is now on soft tyres. That comes as a good news for Force India drivers as both move up a place each. Vettel is leading, following him is Rosberg and Raikkonen at third. Grosjean is fourth while Massa is fifth. Alonso is 11th.
Lap 46-50: Unless someone curses his charge , Vettel looks all set to clinch a hat-trick of titles at Indian Grand Prix. On lap 48, he leads Raikkonen by 25 seconds. However, the gap between Roseberg and Raikkonen is almost one-fourth. So, expect a close contest between the two. After lap 50, Vettel adds another second to his lead. Adrian Sutil has dropped to 10th while his teammate di Resta leads him at nine.
Lap 41-45: Sutil goes to the pits for soft tyres after 42 laps. Raikkonen is now 25 seconds behind the leader Vettel at second position ahead of Rosberg on lap 42. Well, Rosberg has now set the fastest lap of the race on lap 43. Hamilton at sixth is behind Massa. Romain Grosjean started the race at 17th but is now fourth after 44 laps.
Lap 36-40: Charles Pic of Caterham has retired. Well, that must have come as good news for Marussia who are locked in a close battle with them in constructors’ championship. Oh dear! Mark Webber’s race has ended after a gear-box problem. The crowd just flocks to see the Australian as he gets out of his car. A sad end to his race indeed.
Lap 31-35: Webber sets the fastest lap but is over 10 seconds behind Vettel. Massa, di Resta, Hamilton among others make a pit stop each. Vettel went to the pits for the second time handing the lead to his teammate. However, Webber made his second pit stop on the following lap handing back the lead to Vettel. On lap 34, Vettel informed by his team that he needs to preserve the tyres for the entire race after setting the fastest lap. Sutil is holding on to his fourth position but has yet to make a pit stop.
Lap 26-30: Mark Webber finally goes for the imminent pit stop. Rosberg went for his second pit stop and rejoined at 13th on lap 28. Ricciardo, Sutil, Bottas are the only three to not have stopped now. Now, after the completion of 30 laps, Vettel has the lead followed by Webber and Ricciardo.
Lap 22-25: On lap 22 and at turn five, Alonso goes past Esteban Gutierrez. Ahead of him is Force India’s Paul di Resta. Not much gap between Webber and Vettel now – 11.6s. Rosberg and Massa use DRS on Turn four but the latter manages to stay ahead. Raikkonen is 10th after 25 laps. Hulkenburg is on 9th
Lap 16-21: After the end of 21 laps, Webber is leading followed by his teammate Vettel and McLaren’s Prerez. Force India’s Adrian Sutil hasn’t made a pit stop yet and is currently fifth behind Ricciardo. Bianchi is 20th and Pic is 21st.
Lap 11-15: Vettel is setting the pace now and is now fourth ahead of Romain Grosjean. Vettel has also set the fastest lap of the race. Gutierrez is under investigation for a jump start. Race leader Webber along with second placed Perez is yet to make a pit stop. Vettel, meanwhile is hot on their tail. Button has already visited the pits twice. Gutierrez has been awarded drive through penalty.
Retirement: Giedo van der Garde is out of the race.
Lap 6-10: Mercedes’ Hulkenberg makes a pit stop. McLaren’s Button follows the German in the next lap. He is going for soft tyres now. His teammate is still on medium. He is fourth at the moment. Vettel is slowly making his way up the line. He is now 10th behind Esteban Gutierrez of Sauber. On lap 8, Iceman Raikkonen makes a pit stop. Now, Vettel has moved up to eighth ahead of the Mercedes pair of Rosebrg and Hamilton – who made a pit stop on lap 9. Massa too went into the pits rejoining behind Vettel. After ten laps, it’s Mark Webber who is leading the race followed by Perez and Ricciardo.
Lap 1-5: One, two, three, four, five and Indian GP is GO! Brilliant start by Lewis Hamilton! Sebastian Vettel is currently leading the pack in the first lap. The Red Bull of Webber and Ferrari of Alonso suffered a contact. Behind Vettel is Felipe Massa followed by Rosberg of Mercedes. News is that Alonso’s front wing has suffered some damage. Van der Garde calls Chilton an “idiot”. He says his suspension is broken. Vettel goes for a pit stop on lap three! The leader is now Massa. Vettel goes for medium tyres. Alonso had to visit the pits and he rejoined the pack in 19th. Massa leading the pack by 1.1 seconds in the fifth lap.
# The Indian GP is a 60-lap race. The length of the track is 5.125 km.
#Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg are starting on the soft tyres while Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez are on medium.
#National anthem being played at the moment.
#Trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi and actress Deepika Padukone have reached.
# Sahara Force India co-owner Subrata Roy Sahara and Union Minister Shashi Tharoor have reached the venue
#Olympic bronze medallist boxer India’s MC Mary Kom will be waving the chequered flag at the Indian Grand Prix today.
#Spotted: Former F1 World Champion, McLaren’s Jenson Button’s girlfiriend Jessica Michibata in a saree.
#Spotted: A host of celebrities like Gulshan Grover, Anil kapoor, Amrita Rao, and Neha Dhupia are present to witness the race live.
With a fifth position finish, Sebastian Vettel will join the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher to win the Formula One World Championship title for a fourth time in his career on Sunday.
Having secured the pole position for the third consecutive time at Buddh International Circuit on Saturday, Vettel looks firm favourite to seal his third Indian GP title and become the youngest driver ever to have won the world title four times.
However, the 26-year-old is still cautious over the talks of his imminent F1 world title saying he isn’t thinking about it.
"I`m trying not to think about it, obviously it`s difficult when every second person in the paddock is asking you the same question," Vettel said.
A host of celebrities and sportspersons are expected to make their presence felt at the Grand Stand to witness the race live.
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