Indian Grand Prix as it happened

Text and video highlights of the Indian Grand Prix, where Sebastian Vettel has won his fourth consecutive drivers' world championship.

27 October 2013 Last updated at 13:16 GMT

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  1. 1310: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    As the party continues in the pit lane, with Sebastian Vettel getting drenched by yet more champagne, I'm going to bid you farewell. Congratulations to Vettel, the 2013 Formula 1 world champion. Will he win the three remaining races of the season? It'll be fun watching him try. Thanks your company. Until next time, it's good afternoon from me.

  2. 1305: 

    Both championships might be over but the season goes on. Next up is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next Sunday at Yas Marina. I'll be back on Friday 1 November with live text commentary for first practice along with BBC Radio 5 live commentary. I hope to see you there.


    Toro Rosso: Congratulations Sebastian and @redbullracing !!

  4. 1300: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    The Indian Grand Prix didn't quite turn into the thriller we were hoping for, but there were impressive drives from a host of drivers, not least Sebastian Vettel. Some were fighting for their careers, some were fighting for pride while two were fighting for the title. Once again Alonso came off second best, but he lost to the better man in Vettel who has earned his place among the greats of the sport.


    Felipe Massa, who is still searching for a drive for next season after being replaced by Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, finished an impressive fourth.

    "It was a good race," he said. "I'm happy with the strategy we did. It was not so easy but it worked in the end. Also we had a little issue in the race when we lost a position to Nico and Romain which was a little bit of a shame, but it was a good race."


    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "Best of the rest, that was the target for the weekend and we achieved that. It was for once a normal weekend. Good points, we are in front of Ferrari in the constructors' championship and that is our aim.

    "Sebastian Vettel's achievement is unbelievable, four is a lot but it is well deserved. He is doing a great job, the red Bull team is doing a great job."

  7. 1253: 

    Time to hear from two other drivers who performed impressively at the Buddh International Circuit - Nico Rosberg, who finished second, and Felipe Massa, who was fourth.

  8. 1250: 

    It could be a while before Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel leaves the track in India, as he is still speaking to the press in the paddock. When asked him whether he can go on to match - or break - the all-time record of nine straight race wins, Vettel said: "I think it's difficult to explain to people every weekend is isolated, the last six weeks have been phenomenal in terms of results but next weekend is a new challenge.

    "There is only a week between races and I am sure we will have lots of drinks, and not water after the race, but I love driving and giving something back to everyone after all their hard work."

  9. 1245: 

    Sebastian Vettel, who joins Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher in an exclusive club, after winning four successive titles, talks about life before Formula 1 - which all that long ago...

    "I had pictures of Michael Schumacher on my wall when I was a teenager," said Vettel. "I spoke to him a couple of days ago and it's so odd when I used to think he was God but now I see him as the man and not the driver. Yes he had a good car but he worked very hard for that.

    "I remember 95, 96 and 97 and I looked up to him but it's weird to think that's me now. It is funny because I am still a kid and people ask for my autograph and it's odd but I think it shows my feet are still on the ground."


    Emma Boyd: That interview with Sebastian Vettel on #BBCF1 just made me change my mind on him again. What a nice guy.

    Mariavalliji: Omg I'm welling up at this interview with Seb.

    Ewan Marshall: Really heartwarming interview from Sebastian Vettel.

  11. 1240: 

    Sebastian Vettel, is still finding it hard to put his feelings into to words. Here's what he had to say to BBC F1 pit lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "When I started watching F1 properly Mark [Webber], Jenson [Button] and Fernando [Alonso] were already racing and I remember sitting with my father watching and taking my hat off to them all. The dream was there but I didn't dare to dream about this.

    "You could argue that I could see it [the title] coming but I think as a team we have been very disciplined and we have not thought about the championship. We have just focused on the races. There is always the risk of looking at the big target and not look at the small steps that it takes to get there."

  12. 1235: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Here's video of the crazy celebrations that occured after Vettel crossed the line. Let the debate on where Sebastian Vettel ranks along with the greatest drivers of all time rage. First, with our picture gallery.

  13. 1230: 

    It's remarkable to hear Sebastian Vettel talking about watching Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button racing on the TV. Now he's racing them - and beating them.

  14. 1228: 

    First a word from Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton who isn't looking too pleased with his afternoon's work. The 2008 world champion started third, but didn't deal with the traffic all that well and ultimately finished sixth, four places behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

    He said: "It was a good start, the car has been pretty good this weekend but we got some points. I was sixth though, it was hard to get past the Ferrari and in doing so I wrecked my tyres."

  15. 1225: 

    The race finished one hour and 20 minutes ago and Sebastian Vettel is still doing interviews. The good news is, we're next in line to speak to him, with Lee McKenzie in position.


    German Tennis player Sabine Lisicki: Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel! World Champion again!

    Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick: Massive congrats to @redbullracing and Sebastian Vettel. The quadruple double. What an achievement #pushtheboundaries.

  17. 1223: 

    There's no doubting that Sebastian Vettel was the driver of the day today, but Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez pushed him close for that accolade. Starting on the medium tyre in ninth, Perez kept his nose clean at the start - unlike his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button - and ran as high as second. Strong pace from there ensure he finished fifth, which included a bold pass on Raikkonen and Hamilton in one move down the straight.

    "Finally a race without any bad luck like we have had in the last few races," he said. "Finally we managed to omplete a clean race and it was a great result."


    Nigel Mansell, the 1992 world champion: Many congratulations to Red Bull and Seb for another outstanding season brilliant achievement 4th World Championship in a row.

  19. 1217: 

    Where does Sebastian Vettel rank among the greats in terms of world championship titles?

    Michael Schumacher - 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

    Juan Manuel Fangio - 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957

    Alain Prost - 1985, 1986, 1989, 1993

    Sebastian Vettel - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

    Jack Brabham - 1959, 1960, 1966

    Jackie Stewart - 1969, 1971, 1973

    Niki Lauda - 1975, 1977, 1984

    Nelson Piquet - 1981, 1983, 1987

    Ayrton Senna - 1988, 1990, 1991

  20. 1215: 

    1. Red Bull 470

    2. Mercedes 313

    3. Ferrari 309

    4. Lotus 285

  21. 1212: 

    1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 322

    2. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 207

    3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 183

    4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 169

    5. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 148

    6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 144

  22. 1210: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Back to the man of the day - Sebastian Vettel, who is clearly not letting the post-race news conference get in the way of the celebrations. It looks like he's making good progress through that bottle of champers.

  23. 1207: 
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Lotus' Romain Grosjean, who finished third, is a firm contender for driver of the day, The Frenchman recovered from a miserable qualifying session, where he was knocked out in Q1 with the 17th fastest time after trying to get through on the mediums: "It wasn't an easy race but after yesterday we all agreed we had to go out and be very brave. The car was back to where we had it on Friday and we are on the podium.

    "I think we are on a good momentum, it is all work after the first year that is paying off. I will keep on working hard, I feel good, I love F1 and I love my seat."

  24. 1202: 

    When asked about whether he would take a driver with finance, Lotus team principal Eric Boullier said: "No. I need to decide if I can afford a driver." He adds that the team is focusing on a long term plan. "The idea is to bring stability too the team. Yes, we are working for a financial package, but I would like to have the best drivers as well. But you also have to think about your team. You need to save your people."

    Lotus are in a quandary. They want to have the best drivers, and stop losing the likes of Kimi Raikkonen and technical guru James Allison to Ferrari, but equally they need to pay the bills.


    Lotus team principal Eric Boullier: "You have to co-ordinate everything and everything went perfectly for us today and we had a bit of luck with Mark's retirement. We expect our drivers to race to be honest, we did get a little bit scared but then we reassured them both."

    On Romain Grosjean, who finished third: "It is a good for him. After last year when he had a negative spiral, and a lot of bad press which he deserved but this year he is building his profile and he has been excellent."

  26. 1156: 

    Lots of good stuff form Lotus team principal Eric Boullier just now on BBC One. He has confirmed that the team are talking to both Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado, among others, about a drive with the team next year. Romain Grosjean took his third successive third place today, after starting 17th, has yet ot be confirmed for next year, but he's doing a very good job of persuading the team with his performances on track.


    Former Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen: Congrats to Vettel & RB, amazing job they've done over the last few seasons.

    Arsenal star Lukas Podolski: World Champion again! Congrats to Sebastian Vettel - what a sportsman.


    Ferrari: Domenicali: "Congratulations to Vettel and @redbullracing, they deserved this win and these World Titles".


    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who finished 11th: "It was not a clear start. I was a bit unlucky the race was uphill from that moment. It was a difficult race, with not enough pace. The car was damaged. The steering wheel was very heavy into the right corners and light into the left corners. Overall the weekend was not good enough and in Abu Dhabi we need to improve if we want to pass Mercedes in the constructors' championship.

    "I congratulate Sebastian Vettel, they have been very strong and dominant, especially in the second half of the season and Red Bull deserve to be champions. We need to start thinking about next year and make things more difficult for him."


    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso: Congratulations to Sebastian for the championship! We will improve for next year ..! Now, max fight for second place and prepare the 2014!!

  31. 1148: 

    Fernando Alonso was never really in this race after making contact with Mark Webber at Turn One and then Jenson Button down at the Turn Four hairpin. But the Ferrari driver was very gracious in defeat before switching his attention to next year...

  32. 1145: 

    Suzi and the team are all done on BBC One but flick over to the Red Button - or keep an eye on the video console at the top of this page - for all the reaction and celebrations from inside the Indian Grand Prix paddock.


    Red Bull's team principal Christian Horner, who is celebrating both the driver's and constructor's championships: "Let's take nothing away from Sebastian not just today but for the whole season. He knew his strategy was to get through the traffic and he did it. He worked his way back through the field and he created the opening for himself today.

    "We decided last night that was going to be our approach to get off the tyres quickly and rely on Sebastian. Mark's approach was different but he was doing what was required and opening up a gap, it's just a shame we couldn't complete the one, two.

    "It was hugely emotional for everyone to see him cross the line. I said to him to try and do it in style and he did and to win this Indian Grand Prix for the third successive time is incredible."

  34. 1140: 
    Celebrations in Vettel's hometown

    There's elation in Sebastian Vettel's home town of Heppenheim in Germany as the locals celebrate at a public viewing of the race.


    Red Bull: Making history. We've claimed the 'quadruple double'! To all our fans, thank you for all your support.


    Caterham: Our sincere congratulations to Sebastian on wining title #4. A true great who does our sport very proud.


    Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey: "It is stunning. A few years ago, coming to Red Bull was a fresh adventure for a new team and it has been such an amazing ride. It is a great team within Milton Keynes, they are hugely dedicated - there are lots of people working so hard and this is the product of that.

    On what is the most special win: "Slightly difficult one. The first one, with Williams, is always special and 2010 was, coming to Red Bull and pulling off a championship against all the odds and against all the big boys was truly special. You never get used to it.

    On Sebastian Vettel: "His feet are on the ground, he is just an ordinary kid who has not lost sight of who he is despite the success he has had. He is very humble, very intelligent, he has that process like all the greats of being able to drive and be conscious of what is going on around him all the time. It has been a real pleasure to work with him."

  38. 1134: 

    It's heaving down in the pit-lane as everyone gets in the party mood. Sebastian Vettel is the youngest four-time world champion at 26. To put that into context Juan Manuel Fangio was 45 when he took his fourth title, Alain Prost was 38 and Michael Schumacher was 32. Remarkable.

    Sebastian Vettel

    Red Bull: SEB is the youngest ever quadruple world champion in the history of #F1 #V4TTEL #IndianGP


    Sebastian Vettel, who won his fourth successive driver's championship, has the final word: "I am overwhelmed, I don't know what to say but it is the best day of my life so far.

    "When I started to race, Formula 1 seemed so far away but there are so many people I have to thank along the way from karting to here. I was taught so many things and I have always tried to listen but to come out on top of this incredibly talented field is amazing. I am not old yet but I am getting older and maybe I am not grasping it yet. Maybe in 10 years time I will look back and realise the enormity."


    Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, who finished third after starting 17th: "I would not have bet a penny on it. We had a very brave strategy, as we did yesterday, it was not the time to go safe and it paid off. I tried to go through the field, it was tough until the end. I didn't know when the tyres were going to go off, but the team were fantastic. I am very proud.

    "Kimi was in a difficult situation and went for the outside and didn't see that point so I knew I had to be careful to my engine. I lost a little bit of time but we got on the podium and scored good points for the team."


    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "I'm pleased, the start was difficult after dropping behind Massa. The team did a fantastic strategy and I'm pleased. Sebastian has done an amazing job and deserves to be champ. We will do everything possible over the winter to be competitive next season."


    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who won his 10th race of the season to clinch the 2013 title: "First of all I would to thank the crowd for an unbelievable reception, I am speechless and I was empty when I crossed the line. I spent ages thinking what to say, there is so much you want to say at a time like that.

    "It is a pleasure to jump in the car and go out and drive for the guys and give it all I have. The car was phenomenal today and has been phenomenal all season to be honest."

    "I want to say a big thank you to everyone who is behind the team, it has not been an easy season. From the outside people will think it was easy but it wasn't. It has been hard for me in particular, to be booed when I have not done anything wrong was hard but I think I answered the things on the track which I am very pleased about."

  44. 1126: 

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard is the man in charge of the podium interviews. Let's hear from the 2013 Formula 1 world champion...


    Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde, who retired: Very disappointed about the race. I want to congratulate #Vettel with his fourth world championship! Well done my friend.

  46. 1124: 

    1) Vettel 2) Rosberg 3) Grosjean 4) Massa 5) Perez 6) Hamilton 7) Raikkonen 8) Di Resta 9) Sutil 10) Ricciardo

    11) Alonso 12) Maldonado 13) Vergne 14) Button 15) Gutierrez 16) Bottas 17) Chilton 18) Bianchi 19) Hulkenberg

    Not classified: Webber, Pic and Van der Garde

  47. 1122: 
    Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean

    Nice touch from Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean who hoist Sebastian Vettel aloft on their shoulders for the photos. Sadly Vettel won't have long to celebrate in India as he's got a flight back to Zurich tonight.

  48. 1120: 

    That was Sebastian Vettel's 10th victory of the season, sixth in a row and third in India. The man is a machine.


    Force India: Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel and @redbullracing for their impressive achievements!

    Mercedes: Many congratulations to Seb and @redbullracing for a momentous achievement! Richly deserved. They gave it some #DelhiWelly

  50. 1118: 

    Red Bull motorsport director Helmut Marko is stood under the podium next to team principal Sebastian Vettel, donning a celebration t-shirt and cap as the national anthems ring out at the Buddh International Circuit.

  51. 1116: 
    Indian GP

    "I was surprised I was so close after the first stop already," says Sebastian Vettel to Adrian Newey as they wait in the pre-podium area. Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean congratulate the German on his remarkable achievement.

  52. 1114: 

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It is an amazing day, words fail me for what Seb has done for the last four years. It is gutting on the day we win the constructor's championship that Mark Webber didn't finish and make it one-two.

    "There were huge concerns [about the electrics] so we were switching things off, first the Kers and we even stopped him using his drinking bottle because we didn't know what the problem was but it didn't stop him."

  53. 1112: 

    Sebastian Vettel climbs over the pit wall and embraces Adrian Newey and Sebastian Vettel. Newey informs him that it was an alternator failure for Mark Webber, but the German looks uninterested. He's just become a four-time world champion, joining the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost.

  54. 1110: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel has pulled onto the start-finish straight and is doing some perfect donuts. The German is making the most of the moment - and so he should.

    He climbs onto the nose of his car and takes the applause of his fans. Then he crouches down in front of his car and kisses it before heading over to the grandstands and throwing his gloves to the crowd.

  55. 1108: 

    Wonderful scenes in the Red Bull garage. There's a lot fist pumping and hugging going on!

  56. 1107: 


  57. 1105: 

    It's another sensational drive from Sebastian Vettel to win the Indian Grand Prix. "You've done it in style," says Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. "Brilliant drive, you join the greats."

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "A dominant display, whether he is your cup of tea or not there is no doubt Sebastian Vettel has used the machinery available to him to the full effect."



    LAP 60

    Sebastian Vettel starts his final lap in the lead of the Indian Grand Prix.


    Zoe: I'm far from a Seb fan but no one can deny he's an insanely good driver and thoroughly deserves his fourth championship.

    George Watson: Red Bull setting the standard and that's full credit to them other teams must improve in 2014 with the new regulations being implied.

    FoneyBlair: The amount of time spent talking about tyres in F1 would be like the Grand National focussing on the horses hooves!

    LAP 59

    We're on the penultimate lap now, with Sebastian Vettel leading Nico Rosberg by 26 seconds. Romain Grosjean is running third, just 1.8 seconds ahead of Felipe Massa. Kimi Raikkonen is forced into the pits. He rejoins in the same place - seventh.

    LAP 58

    Sensational driving from Sergio Perez who drives past both Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen for fifth place with the use of DRS down the straight. Brilliant stuff. Hamilton is now sixth with with Raikkonen seventh.

    LAP 57

    Lewis Hamilton is reporting problems with his tyres with Sergio Perez all over the back of the Mercedes. Both drivers are catching Kimi Raikkonen who is in all sorts of trouble with those tyres.

    LAP 56

    Nico Hulkenberg is back in the pits and this time he parks the Sauber in the garage. That's only the German's second retirement of the season. Romain Grosjean passes Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen for third, but goes off track. He smartly gives the place back and then asks the team to be released. The Finn obeys and Grosjean goes around the outside at the final turn, but Felipe Massa also takes advantage and is up to fourth.


    James Humberstone: The only way for F1 to become competitive again is for Adrian Newey to stop making cars.

    Uzair Rizvi: The way #Alonso is driving, one can never imagine that he is on the second spot in drivers standing and won races.

    Mike Winstanley: India GP most boring race all season? The days of cars actually racing each other rather than their own strategy now distant memory!

    LAP 55

    There's some tension on the Red Bull pit-wall. They're clearly fearful that Sebastian Vettel could suffer a similar problem to Mark Webber. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez is all over the back of Lewis Hamilton. That's quite a turnaround for McLaren. They're battling for sixth place.

    LAP 54

    Nico Hulkenberg pits from eighth and drops out of the top 10. That promotes Daniel Ricciardo into the points in 10th. With that fresher rubber, Hulkenberg could get the fastest lap, something Sebastian Vettel likes to get. "Don't even think about it," says Vettel's engineer Rocky. The German has been told.


    BBC F1 pit reporter Tom Clarkson: "I just asked one of the Pirelli engineers can Kimi Raikkonen get to the end of the race on his tyres? His response was "Mama Mia"."

    LAP 53

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg breezes past Kimi Raikkonen who is really struggling on those tyres. Surely the Lotus is going to have to stop again. Rosberg up to second now. Romain Grosjean in the other Lotus is catching his team-mate Raikkonen by 2.5 seconds a lap. The gap is 7.8.

    LAP 51

    Sebastian Vettel is told to stop using his drinks bottle. No sweat, it won't be long till he's sipping champagne. BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson says the team are worried about the alternator, which failed on Mark Webber's car, and using the drinks bottle could trigger an incident.

    LAP 50

    Nico Rosberg continues to take time out of Kimi Raikkonen in second and leader Sebastian Vettel. The Mercedes is looking very quick at this stage of the race. The German is just 1.8 seconds behind Raikkonen and 28 behind Vettel with nine laps remaining.


    Sergio: Quick remove Mark's car before the public realises his car is only powered by 4 AA batteries.

    Gadget Freak: #Webber not a happy bunny... Clearly going to be glad to get out of Red Bull, get his life back & have support from a team again!!

    Ben McGilloway: Webber leaving the circuit as quickly as he can on the day #vettel - #redbull clinic championships says a lot about the relationship!

    LAP 49

    Fernando Alonso is sniffing around for a point. Oh how the mighty have fallen. He was winning races at the start of the season. Now look at him. The Spaniard is chasing Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo for 11th.

    LAP 48

    BBC F1 pit lane report Lee McKenzie grabs Red Bull's Mark Webber before he does a runner. "I felt some problems with the gearbox and I told the guys but they thought it would clear but it seemed to come back almost immediately," he said.

    On changing to soft tyres, the Australian added: "You have to protect against the safety car as well you have got to run them for a few laps so when you first go onto the prime you are vulnerable if there is a safety car.

    "I still have a smile on my face, there's nothing more I could do today." And with that, he dashes off, with other members of the media shouting "Mark, Mark, Mark" hoping to get another word.

    LAP 47

    Jenson Button is having a miserable afternoon. He's down in 16th, 4.5 second adrift of Pastor Maldonado. His McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez, meanwhile, is up in seventh and running strongly.

    LAP 46

    Mark Webber keeps his post-race interview short and sweet. Speaking to 5 live's Jennie Gow, the Australian said: "Disappointing, but there's not much I can do - there was something wrong with the car, so we had to stop straight away. Seb had a very clean first lap so he got a nice buffer at the start. We knew we would be close on strategy and we were still looking for a strong result, but the car didn't come home."

    LAP 45

    Nico Rosberg, in third, sets the fastest lap of the race to take another second out of race leader Sebastian Vettel. The gap is still 31.5 seconds with 15 laps remaining, though.

    LAP 44

    Mark Webber has made it back to the paddock. He's smiling as he meets a couple of members of his team. "I'm outta here," he says. I'm not surprised he wants to get out as soon as possible. Sebastian Vettel's lead is up to 24.5 seconds over Kimi Raikkonen who still needs to pit for the soft tyres.


    Nicola Auton: No denying Vettel is impressive but the predictability is killing any enjoyment in F1 for fans...maybe we could try blindfolding him?

    Tainy Cantlie: Seriously why is it always Mark Webber's Red Bull that breaks down or has something wrong with it?

    Jeremiah Kariuki: As always, it has to be Mark Webber! The sacrificial lamb for Red Bull! Poor Mark.

    Paran P Raval: The wrong Red Bull retired. Would've made the championship at least a little bit exciting.

    LAP 43

    Despite Mark Webber's retirement, Red Bull will still win the constructors' championship as things stand. Sebastian Vettel leads Kimi Raikkonen by 25 seconds, with Kimi Raikkonen second and Nico Rosberg third. Romain Grosjean is fourth, 2.7 seconds ahead of Felipe Massa.

    LAP 42

    Nico Rosberg passes Adrian Sutil for third place as he sets the fastest lap of the race, eight tenths of a second quicker than race leader Sebastian Vettel. Sutil then pits for the first time and puts on a set of soft tyres. Can he make it to the end?

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "That will have flashed up on screens around the track so Sebastian Vettel will be aware of Mark Webber's retirement. A disappointing finish for Webber. He has thrown his gloves in to the crowd but he probably feels like throwing his car into the crowd. A huge disappointment."

    LAP 40
    Indian GP

    It's an alternator problem for Mark Webber who has peeled off to the side of the track. The fans rush over over to the catch-fencing to catch a glimpse of the Australian. He throws his gloves to the fans as he walks away from his car. Nice touch.

    Sebastian Vettel's race engineer Rocky tells the championship leader that Webber has retired. "I am aware, I am aware," comes the reply.

    LAP 40


    LAP 39

    Daniel Ricciardo pits for the final time and drops out of the points, rejoining in 14th place. Up front, Sebastian Vettel leads by 13.5 seconds ahead of Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen, Adrian Sutil, Nico Rosberg, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez.

    James Allen, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "The TV pictures keep cutting out and timing screens keep cutting out here at the Buddh International Circuit. But it's pretty clear what's happening out on track."

    LAP 38

    Charles Pic has been pushed into the Caterham garage as the team are "investigating a serious issue with the car". That means both green cars are out of the race, following Giedo van der Garde calling it a day early on.


    Alan Bradley: I don't doubt or disagree that VET is brilliant, but boy does that make "racing" dull…

    Rian Hoskins: Still find it remarkable that the soft tyre couldn't last ten laps but the medium tyre can last 30! Massive difference.

    Ethan Magee: I love f1 but SV makes it like paint drying its not the driver its the car, put MC in the Red Bull and we have another young champion.

    LAP 37

    As it stands, Sebastian Vettel will claim the world title with Fernando Alonso - who is the only man who can stop him, and even then he must win or finish second and hope results go his way - down in 16th. With Red Bull running one-two, they've got the constructors' title wrapped up, too. It'll soon be party time for the boys and girls in blue.

    LAP 36

    Adrian Sutil is the only driver who has yet to pit and is third as a result. Kimi Raikkonen is hunting him down, though. Both Red Bull drivers - Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber - will go to the end of the race on their current set of tyres.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "The only thing that matters now for Vettel is getting this car to the end. He has had his stops and if he can keep out of trouble, which he has a habit of doing, he will win his third successive win in India."

    LAP 35

    Sebastian Vettel's race engineer Rocky reminds the German that he needs the tyre for the rest of the stint. So basically, don't destroy the tyres. Vettel leads Webber by 12.7 seconds. This race looks all but over. Why did Red Bull put Webber on the softs in the second stint, rather than doing a short run on them at the end? Bizarre.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "They [Vettel and Webber] are going to race it out for the win but it is unlikely that he will be able to close in on Vettel, who has now opened up quite a lead."

    LAP 34

    Further back, Felipe Massa has lost out to Nico Rosberg, with the Mercedes performing the undercut by stopping earlier. Rosberg is eighth, with Massa 10th. Lewis Hamilton is all over the back of Massa's Ferrari, the gap just 0.4 seconds.

    LAP 33

    Mark Webber pits and rejoins in third, behind Daniel Ricciardo. What a nightmare. He's also got Sergio Perez breathing down his neck.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Webber did 28 laps on the medium. Red Bull are using the information they have from other cars, and Vettel's usually a little easier on the tyres [than Webber]."

    LAP 32

    Sebastian Vettel pits for the second time. It's a great stop from Red Bull - just 2.8 seconds. The German rejoins in second, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo which could prove crucial. Mark Webber leads the race, but he's got to stop again.


    Lotus: Not a happy @RGrosjean on the radio; it seems GUT is being a little vigorous in his defence of P14. Did you catch that @charlie_whiting?


    Force India: Adrian sees the Massa/Mercedes battle unfolding behind him. And sets his best time of 1:31.784 as a reply #masterblaster

    LAP 31

    Mark Webber sets the fastest lap of the race as he makes the most of those soft tyres and some clear air. He's second, 10.6 seconds behind his team-mate Sebastian Vettel. The Australian sliced seven tenths of a second out of Vettel on that lap.


    Elliott Hodges: Fair play to Vettel. You can only beat the competition. But as a viewing spectacle tiddly winks is more exciting than f1 at the moment.

    Stuart Wren: The only way to stop Vettel is rain. The one time he shows what an average driver he is.

    Daniel Button: Whatever you think of him, phenomenal achievement from Sebastian Vettel to win 4 titles in a row, in only his 6th season

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "Webber has a clear track so he can drive the wheels of it and make sure he's got that speed [with the softer compound tyre]."

    LAP 29

    Race leader Mark Webber pits from the lead and chooses the soft tyre! So he's not going to leave it to the end. Expect this to be a very short stint. Sergio Perez is in, too, from third. All this means Sebastian Vettel - who will be crowned champion at the end of this race as things stand - leads the race. Fernando Alonso must win this race or come second to have any hope of winning the title. He's 12th.

    LAP 28

    Nico Rosberg has given up trying to pass Felipe Massa and pits instead for a fresh set of boots. That will give Massa some breathing space.


    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It was absolutely decisive [for Sebastian Vettel] to clear through the traffic as he has done, he has got himself into a strong position and Mark has opened up a big gap too. You can never say that [it is a clear race between Webber and Vettel] because safety cars can come into play and things can happen."

    LAP 26

    Force India's Adrian Sutil, who has yet to pit, reports that the medium tyres are holding up very well at the moment. He's currently fifth, 2.2 seconds behind the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo.

    LAP 25
    Indian GP

    It's getting a bit to close for comfort down at the hairpin as Nico Hulkenberg tries a move around the outside of Valtteri Bottas. Bottas locks up and forces both of them to run wide. Raikkonen closes up as Hulkenberg keeps his foot in and completes the pass, adding: "I didn't gain an advantage there". Raikkonen benefits from the situation as he passes Bottas into Turn Five.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "This track was designed to give cars a lot of space going into the turns so it does provide a lot of opportunity to go past. It's worth having a go."


    Mercedes: MAS starting to hold up @nico_rosberg and he's looking for ways past!

    LAP 24

    Nico Rosberg passes Felipe Massa with the use of DRS into Turn Four, but Massa gets a better exit out of the hairpin and re-passes the Mercedes driver around the outside into Turn Five. Great driving from both.

    LAP 23

    Sergio Perez is reassured that he is doing a good job in third, his team telling him that he's building a gap to those behind. Could McLaren finally get on the podium this season?

    LAP 22

    Fernando Alonso muscles his way past Esteban Gutierrez at Turn Five - and this time, the Mexican can't fight back. Next up for Alonso is Paul Di Resta, 3.2 seconds up the road in 12th.


    Caterham: More trouble for @charles_pic1 who has to box again with a second puncture.

    LAP 21

    Sebastian Vettel breezes past Sergio Perez to take second place. Only his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber is in front of him now. The gap is 12.5 seconds.


    Stace: Well looks like Sebastian Vettel is going to win the F1 Championship again! Shame he has so many haters, he's clearly outstanding.

    Rhianwen Hart: Love watching Vettel drive. Talent, determination and ease. Will be a deserving champion again this year.

    Daywalker: Probable 4 time world champion at age 26, possibly one of the greatest drivers ever?

    LAP 19

    Lewis Hamilton has finally found a way past Valtteri Bottas and is now up to eighth. Esteban Gutierrez, who was given a drive-through penalty for a jump start, is fighting with the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. Alonso passes the Sauber driver, but Gutierrez fights back and re-passes the Spaniard into Turn Four to regain 13th position.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "It's not going the way I thought it would. It wasn't a good start from Mark Webber. Both Vettel and Alonso have pitted but Vettel has carved through the field up to third and Alonso is 14th.

    "It just shows it's down to luck, it's down to the car and it's down to a lot of things but the fact is Vettel has driven superbly. I still think it will be a Vettel, Webber one two."

    LAP 17

    McLaren's Sergio Perez's race engineer tells his charge that Sebastian Vettel is the car behind him, but the Mexican is not racing him so should stick to his plan - i.e. don't use up the tyres trying to hold him off.

    LAP 16

    Sebastian Vettel is absolutely flying at the moment. He's consistently the fastest man on the track as he continues to reel in Mark Webber and Sergio Perez.

    LAP 15

    Sebastian Vettel is catching Sergio Perez in second place, and in turn his own team-mate Mark Webber. The gap to Perez is just 4.6 seconds, while the deficit to Webber is only 12.6 seconds. The German is looking like the most likely victor of this race.


    Edward Harris: I'm not a fan of drivers having to use both tyres but surely it makes the rule a farce if they're changing tyres on lap 1-2.

    Macros the Black: I can both respect and admire Sebastian Vettel's skill and achievements but that doesn't mean I have to *like* him.

    Grant Bale: Jenson Button is an "old school" racing driver, not like the mechanical monkeys in the modern cars of today.

    LAP 14

    Romain Grosjean pits after a long stint on that soft tyre. That promotes Adrian Sutil to fifth. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is really struggling to pass the Williams of Valtteri Bottas for 10th place. As a result, he is falling back from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. "It looks like the Williams is set up well for straight-line speed," said BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard.

    LAP 13

    Sebastian Vettel is now up to third after a straight forward pass on Daniel Ricciardo, who will be his team-mate at Red Bull next season. Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, is down in 15th. If things stay as they are, Vettel will be world champion at the end of this race.

    LAP 12

    Felipe Massa is running eighth, with Nico Rosberg ninth, Valtteri Bottas 10th and Lewis Hamilton 11th. While Jenson Button is having a disappointing afternoon, his McLaren team-mate Sergio Perez is running rather well. He's up in second, having started on the medium tyres, and holds a 5.5 second advantage over Daniel Ricciardo in third.


    Sauber: #Hulk reports the car is a bit understeery.

    LAP 11

    Sebastian Vettel passes Romain Grosjean for fourth place. He's only 14.5 seconds behind his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Mark Webber needs to open up a bigger gap now, he has just recorded the fastest lap but he needs to get about nine seconds ahead of his team mate [Sebastian Vettel] so he is able to get in to the pits for new tyres and still come out in front."

    LAP 10

    After the help of some pit stops and a pass on Adrian Sutil, Sebastian Vettel is now up to fifth place. Next up the road is Romain Grosjean in the Lotus. The Frenchman started down in 17th, but has made good progress and is still showing great pace on those soft tyres.


    Rhys Carter: So weird seeing @Felipe1Massa leading a race, flashback to 2008.

    Roger: Its so good to see Massa leading a race, its like the good old times! :)

    Jessica: Never in my entire life have I wanted Alonso to win so much!


    Race leader Felipe Massa pits for a new set of boots, as does Lewis Hamilton, which means Mark Webber is our new leader. The Red Bull driver has clear air in front of him and needs to keep putting the hammer down if he is to win this race. He currently has a 15.9 second advantage over his team-mate Sebastian Vettel who is up to eighth already.


    Nico Rosberg pits from third place which promotes Mark Webber. The Australian is absolutely flying, clocking another fastest lap as he closes on Lewis Hamilton.

    Fernando Alonso

    Jenson Button pits and puts on the soft tyres. The Briton lost out after Fernando Alonso clipped him, after the Spaniard had already made contact with Vettel (above), dropping down the field. He was supposed to go long on those medium tyres, but strategy has now gone out the window. He's got a long afternoon ahead of him.


    Mark Webber passes the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen for fourth place, and then promptly sets the fastest lap of the race. Next up is Lewis Hamilton, 2.5 seconds up the road.


    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is having more problems after already having a new nose fitted. "There is something wrong with the car, the steering is very heavy on the right hand turns," he reports. His team reply that they've checked the car and all looks OK so he'll have to do the best job he can.


    Ferrari's Felipe Massa opens up a lead of 1.3 seconds over Nico Rosberg, but he's only 18.8 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel - which is not enough to put and rejoin in front of the championship leader.


    Sebastian Vettel has made progress. He's up to 16th having got past Max Chilton.

    Fernando Alonso

    Sebastian Vettel has pitted! Wow, that's early. That means - and I can't believe I'm about to say this - but Felipe Massa leads the Indian Grand Prix in the Ferrari. He sets the fastest lap of the race to go 1.1 seconds clear of Nico Rosberg.

    Lewis Hamilton is in third, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen. Fernando Alonso pits for a new nose and fresh tyres. That drops him to 20th, with Vettel just up the road in 17th, one place behind Max Chilton in the Marussia.


    Felipe Massa has had a flier! He passes both Mercedes down the long straight for second place! Sensational scenes. Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, has pulled out a second lead already. Fernando Alonso makes contact with Jenson Button. It's a dreadful start for the Spaniard. It looks like his titles hopes are definitely over now.

  140. 0933: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    It's a beautiful start for Sebastian Vettel who leads away from pole position with the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton following him into Turn One. It's a dire start from Mark Webber - surprise, surprise - and he drops back. Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen get past the Australian into Turn One. Alonso then clips Webber's rear tyre, breaking a part of the Ferrari's front wing endplate.

  141. 0932: 

    Coverage for the Indian GP this weekend is live across the BBC - on TV, radio & online.

    Race coverage is on BBC One and 5 live now. The F1 Forum is at 1145 on the Red Button and online. The race is repeated at 1400 GMT on BBC One. TV highlights are on BBC Three at 1900 and on the Red Button.

    And don't forget all the lovely extra camera streams available online during qualifying and the race, including the pit lane feed, driver tracker, on-board, timing screens and alternative commentary.

    For more information on what's available on Red Button, connected TV and alternative camera views, check out the Formula 1 pages.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "I like Mark Webber's strategy because he can go longer on his tyres. It is going to take a lot of luck for Sebastian Vettel to win because he will come out in traffic. Webber needs a clear run today too but I think he can do it.

  143. 0931: 

    Interestingly, Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn is sat on one of the fold up chairs in the garage with the mechanics rather than on the pit wall.

  144. 0930: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel leads the field away for the formation lap.


    Mark Webber's race engineer: "At the start, just remember who the most important cars are - Fernando Alonso and the two McLarens."

    The Red Bull driver MUST MUST MUST stay ahead of the others starting on the medium tyre - Alonso, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez - if he is to have any chance of victory today.

    But based on his recent starting form, his main focus should simply be to make a good getaway rather than bogging down and going backwards.

  146. 0929: 

    So here's a decent stat for you all this morning courtesy of Mercedes. If Mark Webber is to win the race today he will need to make history because during the Pirelli-era no race has ever been won starting on prime tyres. There have been two second placed finishes and two third places.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "How will this race play out? Even the engineers who are normally so confident in their predictions are not sure. On paper, starting on the medium is the best strategy, by a handful of seconds, even before factoring in the traffic that those starting on the soft will pit into early in the race. In theory, then, Mark Webber is in a strong position to take his first win of the season ahead of Sebastian Vettel, and Fernando Alonso should be in with a shout of a podium from eighth on the grid. But who would bet against Vettel's devastating pace? Six drivers in the top 10 are starting on the 'soft' tyre - Vettel, Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in second and third, and Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen and Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg ins fifth, sixth and seventh places. Four start on the medium -Webber in fourth, Alonso and the McLarens of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez in ninth and 10th. It should be a cracker."

  148. 0927: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    All eyes are on this man, Sebastian Vettel. Has the three-time world champion chosen the right strategy to win this race? Will we see him and his team-mate Mark Webber fighting it out for the win in the closing stages? So many questions, not long until we find the answers.

  149. 0925: 

    Williams driver Pastor Maldonado, who starts 18th, speaking to BBC F1 pit lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "You never know what can happen. We need to do our best. It is going to be hard but we will see. We have split the strategies on our cars to give us the best chance of a good result."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "The Indian Grand Prix has been good for India's global image; it's proved it can run a world-class sporting event effectively, after the difficulties of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. And as the world's second biggest market, with a vast, young and growing middle class, and a rising power in geo-political-economic terms, India is a place F1 really ought to be. And yet it seems the sport will not be coming back. The race is not on next year's calendar and nobody believes the official line that it will return in early 2015.

    "For one thing, ahead of the first race back in 2011, the Indian organisers said it couldn't be in the spring because it's too hot in Delhi then - with temperatures well over 40C. For another, the Indian government is not interested in backing F1 because it is seen as the plaything of a rich elite and therefore it is bad politics . The Indian authorities insist on trying to tax F1 as an entertainment not a sport, despite a tax deal between India and Europe. And no-one in F1 - whether teams or Bernie Ecclestone's F1 Group - is interested in declaring 1/19 of their income - and therefore their whole income - to the Indian tax authorities. And so, on the rocks of political, bureaucratic and business hard-headedness, a race rich with possibility has foundered."


    Matthias Carter: Looking forward to this race. All set up to be a cracker.

  152. 0923: 

    Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg, who starts seventh, is remaining tight-lipped about his future, but he's hopeful of another strong race. "On a race weekend our focus is only on the race," said the German. "I think we have a strong race car obviously the soft tyre is crucial and we are starting on that but I am very happy with the prime too so we will see."

  153. 0921: 
    Eddie Jordan

    Eddie Jordan is in supreme form on the grid walk today. He's the first man to grab a word with the man of the moment - Sebastian Vettel. Here's what the German has to say.

    "I'm nervous, excited to go racing," said Vettel. "It could be a special day, but we've got 60 long laps ahead of us. Let's see how the strategy turns out and after that we will know more. It's a shame we don't get to see enough of the country, but its a great circuit, all of the drivers like coming and I'm looking forward to the race."

  154. 0919: 

    When asked about whether team orders between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel will come into play during the race, Red Bull team principal Horner said: "They are free to race, whatever happens, whether Sebastian or Mark are leading.

    "We expect them to do the right thing for the team and not take each other out, respect each other and give each other space to race but we know they will do that but they are free to race."

  155. 0917: 

    As usual Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is looking super calm ahead of what could be a double celebration for his team later today.

    Horner said: "The mood is very very strong, we are very focused on this grand prix, because the championship will take care of itself. We have been here three times in the last three years so we know how to take the pressure.

    "There is always the feeling of what if, we have got ourselves into a great position, if it doesn't happen this week it could happen next week. There is a sense of enjoyment about the race ahead, not nervousness."


    Lewis Hamilton: Sending love light & positive vibes your way. Let's go get these points!! We out.. #boss #wewinandwelosetogether #wenevergiveup

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "Mark Webber, as we know, has had the lion's share of technical problems at Red Bull during his time as Sebastian Vettel's team-mate. During his news conference after qualifying, his microphone didn't work, so he put it down saying: 'That's done.' A couple of minutes later it burst into life creating feedback through the speakers behind him. 'Like my cars, you know,' he wisecracked."


    McLaren: Another warm one today folks, track temp currently 35 degrees and air temp 30 degrees ahead of the #IndianGP.

  159. 0914: 

    A fair few drivers are heading out on track and then driving through the pit lane, rather than heading to the grid, so they can perform some checks on the car and get an idea of the track conditions ahead of the race.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "It's fair to say that Pirelli is not exactly winning many friends in F1 at the moment. Teams say the blistering on the too-fragile soft tyre here is worse than it has ever been in the Pirelli era. And the tyre manufacturer opened itself to more criticism - and the teams to potential problems - when it issued a 'recommendation' on Sunday morning that teams use the soft tyre for no more than 15 laps and the medium for no more than 35.

    "The FIA refused to make this mandatory, feeling it would be unfair on the teams with better tyre usage to reduce them to the lowest common denominator, and trusting the teams to monitor their own tyre wear. In tandem with Pirelli's complaints that it wants to do more testing ahead of the rule changes for 2014 but its refusal to pay for that testing, the teams are not exactly pleased with their tyre supplier at the moment."

  161. 0912: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button speaking to BBC F1 reporter Lee McKenzie about racing without a real chance of winning: "It's not exactly the same buzz but you still love racing for points and positions. When you are out there you aren't thinking about anything else, just positions, that comes afterwards.

    "You want to go out and set the best time on a soft tyre. You want to go out and set a fast time in qualifying but in the race it is better to start on the prime."

  162. 0910: 

    McLaren's Sergio Perez and Jenson Button start 9th and 10th after opting to qualify and start the race on the medium tyre. Will the strategy pay off so they can rise through the field and score McLaren's first podium of the season? The last time they went through a year without finishing in the top three was in 1980.

  163. 0906: 

    1) Sebastian Vettel 2) Nico Rosberg 3) Lewis Hamilton 4) Mark Webber 5) Felipe Massa 6) Kimi Raikkonen 7) Nico Hulkenberg 8) Fernando Alonso 9) Sergio Perez 10) Jenson Button 11) Daniel Ricciardo

    12) Paul Di Resta 13) Adrian Sutil 14) Jean-Eric Vergne 15) Valtteri Bottas 16) Esteban Gutierrez 17) Romain Grosjean 18) Pastor Maldonado 19) Jules Bianchi 20) Giedo van der Garde 21) Charles Pic 22) Max Chilton

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "Sebastian Vettel has cultivated an image of being a cool guy with a good taste in culture - he likes the Beatles and Monty Python, for example. But here in India, Nico Rosberg had a good go at puncturing that particular balloon.

    "Vettel was asked in the post-qualifying news conference what music he listened to when he is seen wearing a sponsors' headphones prior to qualifying and race, and Rosberg leaned over and said: 'Didn't you say Justin Bieber last time? No?' Vettel quickly responded: 'No.'

    "A couple of hours later, Rosberg brought it up again, this time with journalists at Mercedes: 'He mentioned that he liked Justin Bieber last year but apparently now not any more.' Naughty. But funny."

  165. 0903: 

    Sebastian Vettel is coming across very well in an interview with Lee McKenzie on BBC One right now. "What I regretted after the race was that I didn't obey the team order," says Vettel on that famous Multi 21 moment in Malaysia. "I didn't like that I put myself above the team in that moment."

    Interestingly, he also says he would not be afraid of partnering up with another of the sport's leading names. "One day maybe I will race alongside Kimi or Fernando," Vettel said. "It depends how long we stick around. But I am not afraid of that because you want to beat the guys on the track and you want to find out who is the best."

    You can read the best quotes from the interview on the F1 pages.

  166. 0900: 
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Venue: Buddh International Circuit Laps: 60 Circuit length: 5.125km Race distance: 307.249km Number of corners: 16 (7 left and 9 right) Average lap speed: 206kph Full throttle per lap: 63% Lap record: 1min 27.249secs (Sebastian Vettel, 2011).

  167. 0856: 
    Local dance troupe in the Indian GP paddock

    There's a festival atmosphere in the pit lane with a local dance troupe providing the entertainment outside the Red Bull garage of Sebastian Vettel.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "Those who were paying attention to the Korean Grand Prix earlier this month may remember a bit of a set-to between Fernando Alonso and Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery, who took umbrage at the Ferrari star's criticism of the Pirelli tyre to have a cheap pop at Alonso, for which he later apologised. In India this weekend, Alonso - among many others - is clearly unimpressed with the quality of the 'soft' tyre. Initially in his post-qualifying news conference, Alonso said: 'The soft tyres are not good. Obviously I will not say anything because if not I will criticise Pirelli and I will not this time say anything, you can see on the TV.' But later he could not stop himself, describing the soft tyre as 'random' and adding: 'It is in the hands of a coin because no-one knows how the soft tyre will behave. On Friday I did 15 or 16 laps with the soft tyre, not in a very good pace, but I did some laps and on Saturday morning I did three.'"

    Eddie Jordan

    David Coulthard: Tried to get EJ on the train to Mumbai.

    GET INVOLVED #bbcf1

    Chloe Michael: Yes. Finally a Sunday where I can sit down, with a brew and a bit of breakfast and watch the Grand Prix. Even if Vettel will win #boo.

    Daniel White: Can't believe I'm missing the #bbcf1 to run a 10k race on Wimbledon Common this morning. Maybe my quickest time!

    Cheverz: I haven't got a good feeling for Mercedes and this race. The tyres are going to play a big part I think.

  171. 0851: 

    Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn explains the decision to choose the soft tyre to qualify on for both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg: "It's a close call and things may evolve in the race which we haven't anticipated but I think we feel we are safer to be ahead at the start. We actually feel the strategy of starting on the soft and moving to the primes is right for us but we will see.

    "We do have live monitoring of the tyres and it is quite rapid the degrading of the soft tyre so you have to be on your toes and if you leave it one lap too far then you can lose a lot of time. I think Sebastian will be hard to beat but I think it will be close between him and Mark, hopefully with us just behind."

  172. 0846: 

    Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says the team's models, which predict how the race will play out, suggest Sebastian Vettel will win the race. However, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson believes the German's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber is best placed. He adds that Vettel will have to pit around lap eight and then fight his way through traffic whereas Webber will have clear air at the front to build a gap.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "The unpredictability of the Indian Grand Prix has been produced by Pirelli's decision to bring the 'soft' tyre to this race, and the difficulty in knowing how it will behave. Fernando Alonso said he thought his decision to start on the medium could bring him a podium, but only if the softs behaved in one of two possible ways. 'If the soft has some problems and people start pitting and go in heavy traffic maybe the race win will be between (Mark) Webber and me,' Alonso said. 'If the soft tyres last longer than expected, it will be difficult to recover places.'"

  174. 0841: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber speaking to BBC F1 reporter Lee McKenzie: "It looks that we are in reasonable shape but you should know in this business you never count your chickens.

    We are starting on the prime and we are happy to sit and wait because once the others start pitting and we get free air and free track will be in a position to take advantage. It's going to be down to see how Seb and the two Mercedes get through the opening laps.

    "A lot will depend on when we put the option on because we know it's not very durable but if we put it on the end who knows. Because as we saw in Shanghai with Sebastian they can be very fast for two laps. The fans and TV crews will need to keep an eye on both ends of the race today."

  175. 0837: 
    Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen & Valtteri Bottas

    The drivers parade is the next job of the day before Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas (all pictured) can begin final preparations before the cars leave the garage for the grid at 0900 GMT.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Sebastian Vettel is the only driver that I aware of that went to the Pirellil factory to meet the people who are developing the tyres. He leaves not stone unturned. Any budding star, take note, do not leave anything to chance."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "Which strategy will turn out to be the best? Sebastian Vettel said he was not worried about choosing to start on the 'soft', saying: 'The race is long and you will have plenty of time to make up (any deficit). In the end, I think the strategies shouldn't determine the result that much.' But McLaren's Jenson Button disagrees: 'For the teams in front (starting on the soft) it's very difficult to see how it's going to work because they are going to be stuck in traffic. I don't know how happy Sebastian is, but we will see.'"

  178. 0830: 

    But first he must get through the Indian Grand Prix which starts at 0930 GMT. Our build-up show has just kicked off on BBC One and BBC HD with BBC Radio 5 live joining us from 0900.

  179. 0827: 
    Michael Schumacher

    Even if Vettel doesn't win tomorrow's race but finishes fifth or higher to claim the title, he'll go down as one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport - and he's still only 26.

    He will become the youngest ever four-time world champion - at 26 years and 116 days - and also edge closer to Michael Schumacher's record haul of seven which now doesn't look unbeatable.

  180. 0823: 

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton line up second and third respectively for Mercedes, with both starting on the soft tyre - like Sebastian Vettel - having qualified on that rubber.

    Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber starts fourth, but crucially he's on the more durable medium tyre. If he can maintain position at the start, the Australian will inherit the lead when the trio in front are forced into early stops because of their tyres are less durable.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:
    Sebastian Vettel

    "Sebastian Vettel can clinch his fourth world title in India on Sunday but if he does it is unlikely to be via a straightforward cruise to victory. To win the title here, Vettel needs to ensure Ferrari's Fernando Alonso does not score at least 16 more points than him. With Vettel on pole after showing devastating superiority all weekend and Alonso down in eighth on the grid, that looks at first glance like a cakewalk. But it's not as simple as that. Vettel starts the race on the 'soft' tyre and all the drivers doing so are likely to have to pit early in the race, which will put them into traffic and mean they have to catch up those drivers - such as Alonso - who start on the faster, more durable medium."

  182. 0818: 

    Sebastian Vettel has won every single Indian Grand Prix, although admittedly, there have only been two. He has started both from pole and led every single racing lap - all 120 of them. This year, he starts from P1 once more after nailing another corker of a lap in qualifying on Saturday.

  183. 0814: 

    When it comes to the constructors' Red Bull are riding high at the top with 445 points. They lead nearest rivals Ferrari by 148 points.

    Ferrari must score at least 20 more points than Red Bull to keep the title alive to Abu Dhabi. Mercedes, in third, must score 30 or more with a maximum of 43 left on the table.

  184. 0810: 

    If Sebastian Vettel finishes fifth or higher, he will be world champion for the fourth successive year.

    Should his nearest rival Fernando Alonso retire from the race, the German will instantly win the title regardless of whether he finishes or not.

    Alonso must finish in the top two to have a chance of keeping the title alive to Abu Dhabi, but even then he'll need Vettel to score 16 points less than him.

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    I do hope you enjoyed the extra hour in bed courtesy of the clocks going back. It'll hopefully mean you're refreshed ready for the race where Sebastian Vettel is likely to clinch the drivers' world championship while his Red Bull team look set to claim the constructors' title.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Greater Noida:

    "This could well be the last grand prix India ever has - or certainly for a very long time - and if that turns out to be the case at least it appears the race will bow out in style. A glance at the grid suggests another comfortable win for Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who is likely to clinch his fourth world title. Vettel may well win the race, but he's going to have to work for it. Diverging tyre strategies promise an intriguing grand prix with plenty of action."

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    Kimi Raikkonen

    Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Grand Prix, round 16 of the Formula 1 World Championship, from the Buddh International Circuit.

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    Sebastian Vettel

    Six years ago, a young German by the name of Sebastian Vettel got behind the wheel of a BMW Sauber as a stand-in for the injured Robert Kubica, scoring a point on his debut.

    Fast forward to today and the 26-year-old stands on the brink of his fourth world championship in six full seasons. Only Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio have more world titles. It's quite an extraordinary achievement.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

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