Live Indian Grand Prix: Follow all the F1 drama from the Buddh International Circuit
09:56 GMT, 28 October 2012
The Formula One circus parks up in New Delhi this weekend for the Indian Grand Prix. With only four races of this epic season remaining, two-time champion Sebastian Vettel arrives in India as the man in form, having won the last three races. The 25-year-old German leads his nearest rival in Fernando Alonso by a mere six points, but can the Ferrari star prevent Vettel from clinching a third title on the bounce
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Sebastian Vettel leads from Mark Webber
Fernando Alonso is thirdLewis Hamilton is fourth with team-mate Jenson Button in fifthMichael Schumacher suffers first-lap puncture
Lap 14: Fastest lap of the race from Webber who is now matching his Red Bull team-mate, but it's too little too late for the Aussie. Vettel is almost four seconds of Webber. Hulkenberg makes his way past Perez for eighth before the Sauber man pits.
Lap 13: Hamilton vowed to 'give everything' on the grid but the British star is almost five seconds adrift of Alonso in third. 'Everything' isn't good enough at the moment is it
Lap 12: Nico Hulkenberg is all over the back of Sergio Perez in the battle for eighth. According to reports the German could replace the McLaren-bound Perez at Sauber next season…
Lap 11: Fastest laps from Vettel with the German opening up a three-second lead over Webber. The reigning world champion is looking oh-so comfortable here.
Leading the way: Vettel is cruising to victory at the Buddh International Circuit
Lap 10: This isn't how Schumacher planned his retirement is it The veteran is now being lapped by the race leaders after his unscheduled pit stop.
Lap 9: McLaren don't have the pace here with Hamilton failing to make an impression on Alonso and Button holding up Massa and Raikkonen. Up front and Vettel leads Webber by 2.8 seconds. That's 155 consecutive laps led by Vettel now.
Lap 8: We're finally seen a replay of Schumacher's puncture and it appears the seven-time champion ran over the front wing of Jean-Eric Vergne at Turn 1.
Lap 7: Vettel now leads team-mate Webber by over two seconds with Alonso some six seconds adrift and Hamilton almost 10 seconds behind the two-time world champion.
Lap 6: Hamilton emulates Alonso to make his way past Button with the use of DRS on the back straight. The 2008 world champion is back up to fourth but some distance adrift of Alonso. Meanwhile, Button appears to be holding up Massa in sixth and the Lotus of Raikkonen.
Lap 5: We've just seen a replay of the opening lap and the incredible fight between Alonso, Hamilton and Button. Great, fair driving from all three drivers to ensure there wasn't an accident. Some of the less experienced drivers on the grid should take note.
Off the line: Vettel keeps the rest of the field at bay to maintain the lead of the Indian Grand Prix
Lap 4: Incredible top speed from Alonso here as the Ferrari driver gets another incredible tow off the back of Button's McLaren to leapfrog the British driver and make his way up into third. Not the start McLaren were looking for, here.
Lap 3: You've got to say this is looking very, very handy for the Red Bulls and in particular championship leader Vettel.
Lap 2: Button is already four seconds behind race leader Vettel with the two Red Bulls romping off into the distance. Vettel leads from Webber, Button, Alonso, Hamilton and Massa as Schumacher limps back to the pits.
Lap 1: So, the Red Bulls lead at the end of lap one and it's Vettel from Webber, but what an incredible tussle behind. Hamilton ends up losing two places as Alonso takes an incredible slipstream to initially make his way past both McLarens before Button fights back to claim third. There's more misery for Michael Schumacher who picks up a right-rear puncture. I'll find out how that one happened for you.
9.30am: So, the tyre blankets are off and the cars lowered as the field make their way on to the parade lap. We're just moments away from the start of the Indian Grand Prix. Hold on to your hats/helmets. Hamilton reports of 'poor radio quality'. We'll keep tabs on that one.
9.25am: Right, we've got just five minutes to go until lights out in India, so what better time then to give you a run down on the top ten. Vettel starts from pole for the 35th time in his career ahead of Webber, Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Massa, Raikkonen, Perez, Maldonado and Rosberg. The first lap is going to be crucial here. If the Red Bulls lead after the opening tour we, and the rest of the field, could be in for a long Sunday…
9.16am: Before I go on, we must wish a very happy birthday to grand prix supremo Bernie Ecclestone. Bernie is 82 today, and shows no signs of slowing down. The F1 chief claimed earlier today that the French Grand Prix could return to the calendar next season in place of the New Jersey race which has been scrapped from the schedule for 2013.
Happy birthday to Lew: Hamilton sends his best wishes to Ecclestone
9.15am: Down to the grid, and Hamilton gives an incredibly rare pre-race interview to British television. 'It is going to be real tough but I am going to give it a good shot,' says a buoyant Hamilton. 'I hope we don't have any problems with the car and we can give the fans a good shot. I am going to give everything.'
9.11am: Niki Lauda claims Alonso has 'big problems', and the former world champion is probably right. The Spaniard has seen the 25-year-old eat into his lead over the course of the last few races before being leapfrogged at the Korean Grand Prix. On to the grid, and its a late arrival for both McLaren drivers, with Hamilton parking up at his grid slot with only 19 minutes until the green lights go out.
8.55am: The German's biggest threat comes from team-mate Webber, who insisted earlier this week that he isn't ready or willing to help Vettel clinch this year's title. The McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button occupy the second role, with Alonso in P5 and Felipe Massa sixth.
8.50am: Good morning everyone, and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the Indian Grand Prix.
So, the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber secured a second front-row lockout for the third consecutive race on Saturday, but will Vettel secure his fourth consecutive win The two-time world champion, who is six points ahead of Fernando Alonso in the title race, has led the last 145 laps, and he starts as a clear favourite to win again today.
On track: Schumacher and Vettel make their way to the drivers' parade
Centre of attention: The Buddh International Circuit is hosting its second grand prix