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Vettel wins in India, as Red Bull close in on the championship // Sebastian wins the race at the Buddh International Circuit

Published by Christine Blachford

Vettel wins in India, as Red Bull close in on the championship
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This is F1Minute - Vettel wins in India, as Red Bull close in on the championship.

The Indian Grand Prix began under sunshine at the Buddh International Circuit, if you could tell through the hazy conditions. Sebastian Vettel got a great start of the line, zipping off from his pole position into a comfortable lead. Fernando Alonso showed great straight line speed down the long straight to battle with both McLarens, in turns in front and behind. He ended up ahead of one of them, and overtook the other for second by the end of the race.

Elsewhere, Sergio Pérez suffered from a puncture and subsequently retired from the race, whilst Pedro de la Rosa’s brakes failed, sending him backwards into the barrier. Michael Schumacher also retired, just a few laps from the end. He was investigated for ignoring blue flags after the race but the stewards opted for no penalty.

Sebastian Vettel took the victory, with Fernando Alonso behind him and Mark Webber picking up third place. Hamilton just missed out on the podium in fourth place. Vettel has extended his lead on the championship ever so slightly, with Alonso’s second place the best damage control possible.