Indian Grand Prix: What you should know

Indian Grand Prix: What you should know

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain walks down the pit lane ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi (AP/Das)

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain signs his autograph for a fan ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida

Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher of Germany rides around the Buddh International Circuit ahead of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix in Noida

First published in Sport

Formula One makes its second appearance at the Buddh International Circuit which very quickly on its debut last year established itself with the drivers as a track to be savoured.

It has drawn comparisons with Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, which has long been hailed as F1's best circuit given its fast, free-flowing, undulating nature.

Sebastian Vettel triumphed a year ago and a repeat for the 24-year-old German would make it four victories in a row this season, which would see him take a firm grip on the championship battle.

Here, Press Association Sport provides you with all the vital stats and facts for F1's return to India.

Venue: Buddh International Circuit.

Circuit length: 5.125km/3.324miles.

Laps: 60.

Race distance: 307.249km/190.161miles.

Lap record: Sebastian Vettel 1min 27.249secs (2011).

2011 pole position: Sebastian Vettel 1min 24.178secs.

2011 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull).

* Three successive wins for Sebastian Vettel means he now has 25 career victories to his name, propelling him to joint sixth on the all-time list alongside Jim Clark and Niki Lauda.

* Vettel, however, has never won four races in a row in one F1 season. He did win the last two of 2010 and first two of 2011.

* Felipe Massa's 30-point haul in Japan and Korea means he has scored more points in the last two races than he managed in his first 11 this year.

* Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are both tied on 48 podium finishes apiece at present. Vettel has 43, whilst Fernando Alonso has 82, placing him third on the all-time list behind Michael Schumacher (155) and Alain Prost (106).

* In setting the fastest lap in Korea, Mark Webber became the 11th different driver in 16 races this season to accomplish the feat.

* F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone celebrates his 82nd birthday on Sunday.

* Nine of the 10 corners between turns five and 14 are taken at between 200 and 250kph.

* The 230m run from pole to the apex of turn one is the third shortest of the year after Monaco and Valencia.

* The cars spend 8.2secs cornering in the double right-hander at turns 10 and 11

* In constructing the circuit four million cubic tons of earth were moved to achieve the rise and fall through the lap.

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