Vettel Wins First Indian GP
World champion Sebastian Vettel won the inaugural Indian Grand Prix when he also claimed his 11th title of the season, setting a one hour 30 minute and 35,002 second time.
The German, who has already defended the world leader title, had Jenson Button behind him almost throughout the entire race with the Briton setting a 8,433 second gap against the youngster. Vettel provided yet another comprehensive win, opening the gap even to 30 seconds at one point, something which helped him stay well ahead of his main followers.
Former world champion Fernando Alonso, who has only won a title this year, came third 24,301 seconds behind the winner, while Vettel’s team mate Mark Webber got the fourth position with a 25,529 second gap. One of the biggest surprises was provided by another former world leader Michael Schumacher, who reminded of his good old days with a well deserved fifth position.
The German veteran was the first to set a 1+ minute gap, being followed by his Mercedes team mate and conational Nico Rosberg. Lewis Hamilton, who was chasing his third title of the season, came seventh, while Jaime Alguersuari was the first to not finish the 60 laps.
Five other drivers set a one lap gap against Vettel, including Adrian Sutil, Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov. Heikki Kovalainen and Rubens Barrichello spent just 58 laps on the track, while Virgin’s d’Ambrosio and Hispania’s Karthikeyan and Ricciardo 57.
Felipe Massa, Pastore Maldonado and Timo Glock were all involved in small incidents, while Kamui Kobayashi pulled it over in the first lap due to a crash.
Sebastian Vettel has gathered 374 points so far this season, having Jenson Button behind him with 240 points and Fernando Alonso on third position with 227. Said Button of Vettel’s yesterday showing: “The last race I really struggled on the first lap and lost a lot of places, so I wanted to redeem myself here, and then I was just trying to hang on to Seb. The tyres when I came out of the box felt good and felt competitive, but as soon as Seb got into a rhythm I could not do anything about it.”
Concerning the team table, Red Bull lead it with 595 points. McLaren are well behind the Austrians with 442, being followed by Ferrari who has won just 325 points this season. Mercedes remain fourth with 145 points, while Renault are fifth with 72 points.11