Vettel eyes double delight at Indian GP
Greater Noida: Sebastian Vettel has cruised to victory in the first two editions of the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix. And it is no surprise that the Red Bull driver is confident of completing a hat-trick at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) here next weekend and seal the world title for the fourth year in a row.
"So far everything has always gone perfectly for us in India. 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," Vettel, who won the races from pole position, said in a team preview Friday.
He just needs a top five finish to secure the championship.
Talking more about the 5.14-km track, the German said: "It is not an easy track, because of a few complicated rhythm- breakers that are in there. 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."
Lower tyre degradation was experienced at BIC in 2012, making Pirelli go for soft and medium tyre combination than soft and hard used last year.
Vettel`s teammate Mark Webber, who will say goodbye to F1 at the end of the season, had plenty to say about the India experience.
"It`s 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," said Webber.
Webber compared the circuit to the ones in Turkey and Silverstone.
"The track is good. I think they`ve done a good job with the circuit, it`s a place where you can really put a Formula One 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," he added.