'BIC is like a roller coaster'

Published: Oct 23, 2012, 08:27 IST | IANS |

Red Bull ace Sebastian Vettel says Indian GP's Buddh International Circuit is challenging

Current Formula 1 driver’s champion Sebastian Vettel believes that the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) is one of the most challenging circuits in the world.

“The BIC really has emerged as one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar for the drivers. I loved the track layout last year, but not just because I won the race. With an average speed of 235 km/h, the course is the second quickest of the year after Monza,” said Vettel, who hails from Germany, on the official F1 website.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. PIC/Getty Images

“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 10 per cent uphill; it’s like a roller coaster.”

Vettel currently leads the driver’s World Championship with 215 points, six ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. He won the last race in Yeongam, Korea.

Teammate Mark Webber also said that the track is challenging on which he loves to drive. “It’s a challenging venue and I really enjoy the track, it’s a nice circuit to drive. The track is similar to Korea with mainly long straights in Sector 1 followed by a very busy Sector 2 and 3, so we need to get the balance right between downforce and top speed. It should be reasonably straightforward weather-wise and I’m looking forward to getting out there. There was a massive crowd there last year,” said Webber. 

Force India aiming double points-finish at Indian GP
Sahara Force India drivers Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg say the team’s focus at its home race over the weekend will be to get both cars in points and possibly a podium finish. Force India go into the Oct 26-28 Indian Grand Prix, having already fared better than last year. They have 89 points from 16 rounds whereas they ended 2011 with 69 points. “Last year was obviously a difficult race for us. We got just two points out of it. This year we have shown the pace at different kind of circuits and hat makes us optimistic for the race,” said Hulkenberg.

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