Vettel ready for India challenge

Sebastian Vettel believes the Indian GP is one of the most challenging on the race schedule as the German chases a fourth straight F1 victory next weekend (11/10 – Indian GP Outright).

The reigning world champion will hope for another successful race at the Buddh International Circuit next Sunday to edge him closer to his third-straight Drivers’ Championship.

Vettel, who appears to be benefiting from a much-improved Red Bull car, has won in Singapore, Japan and Korea in recent weeks and now sits six points clear of Fernando Alonso in the standings ahead of the Delhi race (Vettel 1/4 – World Drivers’ Championship, Alonso 3/1).

He won in India last year in the inaugural event and is looking forward to this year’s race, although he knows the circuit is tough for drivers.

“I loved the track layout last year, but not just because I won the race,” Vettel said. “With an average speed of 235kph, the course is the second quickest of the year after Monza.

“There is a lot of elevation change around the lap which adds to the fun, from as much as eight per cent downhill and up to ten per cent uphill; it’s like a roller coaster!”

He added: “It really has emerged as one of the most challenging circuits on the F1 calendar for the drivers.”

Lewis Hamilton is second in the betting behind Vettel in the Indian GP outright market at 5/1, ahead of Mark Webber and Alonso (both 6/1).

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