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Indian Grand Prix 2012: Buddh International Circuit stats and facts

Indian Grand Prix: All you need to know about the race at Buddh International Circuit

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UPDATED:

14:37 GMT, 24 October 2012

INDIAN GRAND PRIX TRACK

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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, Sportsmail brings you all the vital stats and facts for F1's return to India.

Top gear: A general view of the Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of New Delhi, India

Top gear: A general view of the Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of New Delhi, 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)

Number of corners: 16 (7 left/9 right)

Tyre compounds to be used: Hard/soft

Bumpiness: low

Overtaking chance: medium

Engine severity: medium/high

Brake wear severity: high

Average lap speed: 206kph (128.002mph)

Full throttle per lap: 64 per cent

Gear changes per lap: 58 (race = 3480)

2011 winning strategy: 2 stops (laps 19 & 47)

Total race pit stops: 46

Total 'normal' overtakes: 4

Total DRS overtakes: 14

Number of safety cars last year: 0

Number one: Sebastian Vettel will be hoping to repeat last year's victory in India this time round

Number one: Sebastian Vettel will be hoping to repeat last year's victory in India this time round

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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.

Peter Whiteford disqualified from the Avantha Masters

Scottish golfer Whiteford disqualified from Avantha Masters after ball-moving incident

Scotland's Peter Whiteford, one off the lead at the start of the day, was disqualified from the Avantha Masters in New Delhi over a ball-moving incident late in his third round.

Television replays of Whiteford's third shot to the 18th showed that his ball rolled a fraction before he played to the green and because he signed his card it meant disqualification.

Officials reviewed the matter as the 31-year-old from Kirkcaldy began the final round and he was given the bad news just after bogeying the short third.

End of road: European tour chief referee John Paramor tells Peter Whiteford that he is disqualified during the final round of the Avantha Masters

End of road: European tour chief referee John Paramor tells Peter Whiteford that he is disqualified during the final round of the Avantha Masters

European Tour chief referee John Paramor said: 'Peter felt his ball may have moved and for confirmation asked his caddie, a fellow competitor and a TV cameraman, who said they didn't think it had, and so he continued on to finish the hole.

'Overnight several viewers contacted the Tour website. This was reviewed by the Rules Committee, who were able to determine that the ball had in fact moved. He should have incurred a penalty of one stroke and replaced the ball.

Going well: Peter Whiteford of Scotland looks on during the third round of the Avantha Masters

Going well: Peter Whiteford of Scotland looks on during the third round of the Avantha Masters

'As he did not do so, he was disqualified for signing for a score lower than taken for failing to include the penalty he had incurred. If he had contacted a member of the Rules Team before signing his scorecard, the footage would have been reviewed at the time and he would have averted the disqualification penalty.'

Before the ban: Whiteford was going well

Before the ban: Whiteford was going well

Whiteford said: 'I should have reviewed it. You can see it when you look at tv. John spoke to me before I went out, so to be honest my head wasn't in it from the first tee.

'I'm not cheating obviously. It's one of those things, but disappointing.'

Whiteford, still to win on the circuit, led after the first and second rounds and was still in front when he double-bogeyed the 17th hole on Saturday.

With six holes to go South African Jbe Kruger led by three from Spain's Jose Manuel Lara and German Marcel Siem.

Peter Whiteford could win first European Tour title at Avantha Masters

I just need to concentrate! Whiteford could land his first European Tour title

Scotland's Peter Whiteford might never have a better opportunity to land his first European Tour title than he does at the weekend.

The 31-year-old is 10 under par at halfway in the Avantha Masters in New Delhi and leads by two from Thai golfer Prom Meesawat.

In an event which does not feature any of the world's top 60, the 236th-ranked Whiteford added an eventful 68 to his opening 66.

Close: Peter Whiteford could win his first European Tour title

Close: Peter Whiteford could win his first European Tour title

Think: Whiteford says he needs to concentrate

Think: Whiteford says he needs to concentrate

His round included an eagle and five birdies, but also three bogeys – two of them during ;freezing cold' conditions just after he teed off at 7.25am.

'It's been a long time since I've had two good rounds in a row,' said Whiteford, whose previous best finish on the circuit was runner-up in the 2010 Andalucian Open.

'It was a lot harder first thing. The ball wasn't going anywhere at that time in the morning and I had a bit of a sticky patch, but then had a decent back nine.

'I wouldn't say the swing feels brilliant, but sometimes you play your best golf when you're struggling a wee bit.

In with a shout: Prom Meesawat of Thailand

In with a shout: Prom Meesawat of Thailand

'I just need to concentrate – to be 10 under is very good, but I wouldn't say I'm overly confident. I just need a good round tomorrow to be in contention come Sunday.'

Former world junior champion Meesawat birdied five of the last six holes for a best-of-the-week 64.

The last of them, on the long 18th, took him a stroke ahead of compatriots Chapchai Nirat and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Australian Kieran Pratt and France's Jean-Baptiste Gonnet.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, another seeking his first victory on the circuit, left himself four strokes to make up after three-putting at the final two greens, first for bogey and then for par.

First round leader: Alejandro Canizares of Spain fell behind

First round leader: Alejandro Canizares of Spain fell behind

At least he has a chance to catch up. Scotland's former US Amateur champion Richie Ramsay missed the cut by one on one over after missing from two feet on the last.

Joint first-round leader Alejandro Canizares managed only a 73 and is five back, part of a group which also includes Ireland's Paul McGinley, Scot Marc Warren, England's Jamie Moul and Wales' Rhys Davies.

American John Daly withdrew after his first-round 79 and posted a picture on Twitter of his right arm bandaged up.

He said he had injured his elbow on the ninth hole and said: 'No bones are broken, possible torn ligaments according to European Tour docs. Getting home for X-rays.'

Daly is due to play next in Puerto Rico on March 8-11.

Avantha Masters: Live leaderboard

Avantha Masters leaderboard: Keep up to date with the scores

The European Tour is in New Delhi this week for the Avantha Masters.

SSP Chowrasia took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE LEADERBOARD

Home comforts: Indian SSP Chowrasia won the 2011 Avantha Masters

Home comforts: Indian SSP Chowrasia won the 2011 Avantha Masters