Tweet from @eddstrawf1: Great reception for the driver parade from the fans. Fantastic to see such enthusiasm for a new race. F1 has a bright future in India. #f1
One of the main talking points this weekend has been how many penalties have been handed out for qualifying.
There's a list of qualifying results and the subsequent penalties here: https://sidepodcast.com/post/india-2011-qualifying-results but the main one is Lewis moving down from 2nd to 5th, just behind teammate Jenson Button.
The man himself on the driver's parade, via @LewisHamilton.
Interview with Michael Schumacher: "It's a great challenge for us to drive out there, fantastic character, a good combination of long straights, slow corners and then the high speed stuff."
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In addition to the penalties I mentioned earlier, Narain Karthikeyan also gets a five place grid drop for impeding Schumacher in qualifying. He starts 23rd, ahead of Timo Glock who technically was outside the 107% time in qualifying.
Glock had trouble in qualifying with his gearbox. Not quite as much trouble as Felipe Massa had, as he crashed the car during the top ten shoot out.
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Interview with Sébastien Buemi: "To have both cars in Q3 is a good achievement for us, we're really happy, but we don't get any points for that so hopefully we'll go on today and have a good race."
Mark Webber's view from the driver's parade. Is that Ricciardo in front? Via @AussieGrit.
Tweet from @adamcooperf1: #F1 Interesting snippet from engineer who expects two stops to be the norm with the switch to hard tyres no earlier than 12 laps to go
|Buddh International Circuit|
|Local timezone||+0530 GMT|
|Number of laps||60|
Webber starts second on the grid, and he'll want to get a good result today to jump back up the driver standings. It all rests on those pesky starts though.
There'll be a minute's silence before the race today, in tribute to Dan and Marco. All driver's also have stickers on their helmets, and some have black armbands.
Turn 4 is the tight right hand corner at the end of the massive long straight.
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|Maximum pedal load||145kg|
Half an hour to go until the race begins, the pit lane is open and the engines start to roar.
|Free Practice 1||L Hamilton||1:26.836|
|Free Practice 2||F Massa||1:25.706|
|Free Practice 3||S Vettel||1:24.824|
The tyres in use this weekend are the hard and soft compounds - which is silver and yellow sidewalls respectively.
Pirelli have made the softer tyre, yellow sidewalls, the prime tyre which meant teams had more soft tyres during practice on Friday.
Tweet from @byronf1: Some drama in the pitlane over fiddling around Alonso's front wing. Jo Bauer called in at last minute !
Interview with Mark Webber: "Track's pretty good but we took the hard tyre round so we don't get to feel the car too much. It's pretty good. It looks reasonably even grid-wise, the proof will be in the pudding when we get going. My last few starts have been pretty good so it would be nice to continue that and have a crack at turn one.
"It's been 17 years and I've never had a position given to me so I don't think that's going to start now."
Rowan Atkinson (guest at McLaren) on Lewis Hamilton: "I don't claim any great intimacy with him or with his thoughts. I would describe him as slightly reflective. But that's not a bad thing, it's kind of an optimistic reflection rather than a depressive reflection. I think the future is bright for him."
A beautiful minute's silence ahead of the race. All drivers and important F1 people gathered together for 60 seconds.
Interview with Paul di Resta: "There's a lot of excitement but the biggest thing is our new partners, the Sahara Group have come to their first Grand Prix. It's an important day, hopefully we can score some points and keep the mood in the team happy. We've definitely optimised the long run performance over qualifying. We didn't think it would be quite as there as it was. Really, you've got to think ahead and stay positive. Hopefully, going aggressive might pay off."
There's a problem with the right hand side of the front wing on Fernando Alonso's car. The mechanics are gathered around and fiddling with tiny bits and pieces on the wing.
Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: It's going to be difficult for us to get good results today. Stategy variations are difficult with two tyres so far apart in performance
We've got double DRS here again, with detection prior to the final corner giving drivers the option of DRS down the main straight. The second detection is at turn three, the tight hairpin before the massive long straight. Activation halfway down that straight.
Massa and Hamilton line up together on the third row of the grid, so there could be a renewal of that rivalry early on this race.
It looks like both the Ferrari cars are fixed and ready to go - Massa after his crash yesterday, and Alonso after the front wing panic from earlier.
The poll is closed and 83% think Sauber won't be able to catch up to Force India's championship lead this weekend.
Tyre blankets come off and the mechanics clear the grid.
Obviously, I say sunny, but it's very cloudy/smoggy/dusty.
The formation lap is off and underway, the drivers weaving their way around the track to warm up their tyres.
Comment from Pat W: So Glock got moved ahead of the HRTs after all..
Di Resta, Petrov and Pérez are the only drivers on the harder compound. Everyone else is starting on softs.
The grid forms up once more, engines revving.
Vettel got away cleanly, Fernando Alonso was pushed wide.
Accident at the first corner.
And another! Jarno Trulli involved. We'll look at the replays in a moment!
Jenson Button passed Mark Webber for second. Vettel continues to lead. Hamilton lost a place down to 6th behind Massa.
Michael Schumacher has moved up to 8th behind Rosberg in 7th.
Yellow flags are out for the carnage. Let's look at it closer.
It looks like Rubens Barrichello got it all wrong going into the first corner, missed his braking point, clipped a Sauber and lost his front wing.
Pérez and Glock have both pitted.
Rubens Barrichello is also in the pitlane, he lost his front wing on the way in - retrieved by marshals. He's on his way again with a new nose.
TedNews: Glock had to come in for a new front wing but Pérez came in to get rid of the harder tyres - a planned stop, it seems.
Second incident, the other Williams, Maldonado got it wrong at turn three. That gave Trulli nowhere to go, and an HRT tapped Jarno into a spin on the grass. A 180 from the Lotus and he continued but had to pit.
It looks like Kobayashi has retired - I'm not sure which bit he was involved in.
Trulli had to pit for a puncture, and continues on his way.
Tweet from @OfficialSF1Team: #Checo on the radio - a lot of oil on track!
Vettel has already pulled out his lead to almost three seconds over Button.
Race Control: DRS enabled.
Timo Glock has returned to the pitlane and climbed out of the car, his race is over after what has been a terrible weekend.
Replays show after the Barrichello incident at turn one, it looks like Kobayashi made his way back onto track and smacked Glock, tipping them both into spins, and ultimately putting them both out of the race.
Barrichello initially lost his front wing on the back of Maldonado before bouncing into Kobayashi at the first corner.
I think that's everything!
Webber has a run at Jenson Button but the McLaren is just managing to keep him at bay with some defensive driving. It's really close but they don't touch.
Comment from Mr C: rubens caused so much chaos at t1. hit two cars and instigated the glock crash too.
The upshot of all that chaos is two retirements, plus Trulli already one lap down and Barrichello just in front of the Lotus.
The two Toro Rosso drivers, who qualified 9th and 10th, have dropped back a couple of places now and currently sit outside the points.
There's a cloud of dust off track but no sign of a driver there, must have been a bit of a wobble from someone.
The fight for the final points position.
|B Senna||vs.||J Alguersuari|
Oooh, Alguersuari got past, Bruno tried to move back alongside, but the Toro Rosso retains 10th.
Tweet from @clubforce: Exciting start to the very first Indian GP. Paul makes an early swtich to the soft tyres. Adrian is P9. Lap 6.
I missed that bit, but Paul di Resta has also come in for an early stop to ditch the harder compound.
Race Control: 1st lap incidents investigated by the stewards - no further action.
Team radio from Senna: "I have no KERS anymore."
Comment from guille2306: di resta, perez and petrov are coming much faster than the cars in front of them
All three have swapped the tyres out and are on similar strategies.
Buemi has also got past Bruno Senna, dropping the Renault down to 12th place. He's now being chased by Pastor Maldonado.
Interview with Kamui Kobayashi: "It looks like someone hit me at the back and I spun. I also got a puncture at the start. I saw some smoke from the gearbox and I had to stop the car."
Pérez attempted a move on Di Resta going into turn one, but outbraked himself and the Force India sailed straight back past.
Tweet from @InsideFerrari: Time for a first pit stop is coming close
Pastor Maldonado has pulled off track, his car giving up beneath him, it seems.
Replays show the Williams just losing power down the straight, and Maldonado having to steer off track and give up. His engine gave way in practice too, so a tough weekend for Williams.
Alguersuari has now passed Sutil for ninth, and Buemi is closing in for the kill as well. It's like they're hunting in a pack today!
Interview with Timo Glock: "Unlucky. Came down to turn one after a very good start, and saw already bits flying away. It looks like Kobayashi already spun off, came back onto the track right in front of me and I had no chance to avoid the crash, so I damaged my front wing, then I had to come back in the pits and change tyres. Then went out, had a problem on the front right again, then we came back in the pits and retired again."
Buemi has made it past Sutil, the two Toro Rosso drivers have made it back to 9th and 10th where they started from.
Sutil has pitted from 11th place - first car on soft tyres to pit by choice.
Heikki Kovalainen is up to 13th at the moment, chasing Bruno Senna. There's just under four seconds between them.
Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton all come into the pits at the same time. Webber leads the pack out, and the positions remain.
Alguersuari pits from 10th place, as Alonso exits the pitlane finding himself in amongst some awful traffic.
Webber came out in clean air, but it is Schumacher who's holding up Alonso now. He's in no mood to move out the way, either, it seems.
Massa pits from third place, another set of soft tyres going on the Ferrari.
As Massa exits the pitlane, he comes out right alongside the Schumacher/Alonso battle. It was close but he ended up behind, as Alonso finally takes the position from the Mercedes.
With one Ferrari past, Schumacher now has another closing up behind him.
Button pits now from second place.
Schumacher and Buemi also pit.
Button returned to the track far ahead of Webber, rejoining just ahead of Barrichello (one lap down).
Sebastian Vettel comes in from the lead of the race, and he's got practically the whole main straight to himself as he exits.
Massa has just put in the fastest lap of the race with a 1:30.243.
Team radio to Massa: "Good lap, mate, fastest lap of the race."
Paul di Resta has stopped again down in 16th, he's stopped twice now - the first of the runners to do so.
Bruno Senna has passed Michael Schumacher for eighth place, but crucially he hasn't stopped yet.
Heikki Kovalainen is up to tenth, which would be glorious, except he hasn't stopped yet either.
Vettel has retaken the fastest lap glory with a 1:30.058. That's pretty speedy too.
Interview with Pastor Maldonado: "I think we had a problem with the gearbox, we're not 100% sure about that, we need to have a look at the data. The car is stopping anyway, after two laps. It's really disappointing, anyway, because the race was looking okay. So disappointing."
Senna finally comes into the pits for his first stop. Kovalainen has also stopped. Only drivers without a stop yet are the two HRT drivers and Jérôme D'Ambrosio.
Lewis Hamilton is closing up to Felipe Massa, it's less than a second between them now, so DRS can come into play.
Both Karthikeyan and D'Ambrosio pit leaving Ricciardo as the longest runner.
It happened again! Lewis was going up the inside and he and Massa came together!
Hamilton was coming from behind, on the inside line, and Massa turned in.
Hamilton has had to pit for a new front wing, it was dragging along the floor. Massa has carried on, seemingly unscathed.
Another retirement, Buemi has pulled off track with steam and/or smoke pouring from the back of the car. He climbs from the car as the marshals move in with extinguishers.
Race Control: Turn 5 incident involving Hamilton and Massa under investigation.
Team radio from Hamilton: "He just turned in on me, he didn't give me any space."
Massa and Hamilton come together. Again.
Daniel Ricciardo has pitted for the first time, so all drivers have been in at least once now.
McLaren guest Rowan Atkinson reacts to the incident.
TedNews: We believe Paul di Resta is going to go to the end of the race on these tyres.
Buemi's car makes a smoky exits from the race.
Massa radio indicates he might have a gearbox problem, Rob Smedley says they'll have a look.
Hamilton is making his way back now, he's currently in 9th and just about half a second behind Alguersuari, preparing to make a move.
Tweet from @OfficialMGP: #F1 Our guys in P6 and P7 now after HAM dropped back after the pitstop following the contact with MAS
Race Control: Drive through penalty for Massa - causing a collision.
Massa takes to the pitlane to serve his penalty. Also pitting, Jarno Trulli, for less penalty-related reasons.
Felipe Massa pits again for his actual stop this time.
Ooh, not a regular stop by any means, they changed the nose this time. He's come out in 12th, I think.
Sebastian Vettel's lead is up to five seconds now, we've hardly seen him so far this race.
Front suspension on Massa's car does not look healthy at all. He's slowed out on track and is pulling off, likely to retire any second now.
Yup, it's done. He's off track, onto the grass, the marshals moving in.
Replays show it was exactly the same issue as in qualifying - he went over the kerb, took a hit and the suspension snapped.
In Kovalainen news, he's still sitting nicely in 13th, but the gap between him and Senna is not so healthy.
Pérez and Petrov pit for the second time in their afternoon.
Replays show Pérez coming in too fast into his pit box. The front jack man had to jump back to avoid the car.
Adrian Sutil pits from 9th.
Petrov seems to be struggling, lots of replays showing him wobble all over the place. Kovalainen is up to 12th now as well.
Webber pits from fourth place, and has to bolt on the harder tyres with silver sidewalls. Is he going to the end of the race on those?
Only drivers down to 8th place Jaime Alguersuari are on the lead lap, everyone else is one or more laps down.
Don't let the table fool you though, there's still six seconds between Vettel and Button.
Alonso comes in for his stop from third place. Ferrari have spotted that the hard tyres are not as bad as suspected, so they're reacting to Webber's stop. He returns to the track in third still.
Tweet from @OfficialLRGP: We've asked Vitaly to find 5 tenths. If he does, we'll probably want him to find them on the next lap too
Di Resta has stopped from 14th place, the strategy has not really moved them up yet.
Massa keeps his helmet on, an unhappy Brazilian.
Tweet from @EliGP: Massa not taking his helmet off, not because he's angry, but just in case he hits something else in the paddock
We've reached a bit of a lull in the action now, with just fifteen laps remaining.
Rosberg pits from 6th place.
KovalainenWatch - he's now down in 14th at the moment, two stops under his belt.
Hamilton stops from seventh place, a good stop from McLaren, with a splash of dust kicked up as Hamilton moves off again.
Busy moment for the McLaren guys, as Button stops immediately after his teammate. Expect Vettel in any moment.
Vettel has a bit of a wobble coming into the pit lane, fighting hard to make the left turn. It's a good stop though, and he's out in the lead again.
He had about half the main straight lead over Button.
Tweet from @OfficialSF1Team: #Checo is fighting hard against Senna, SUT and PET. All lap times are very close together. Very competitive performance of team and driver!
|Sector 1||R Barrichello||258kph|
|Sector 2||J Button||244kph|
|Sector 3||A Sutil||222kph|
|Speed trap||S Pérez||323kph|
Team radio to Schumacher: "Okay Michael, so stay out, stay out. These lap times are good."
Schumacher is currently sitting in front of Rosberg, trying to extend his lead so that when he makes his stop, he remains in front of his teammate.
Replays show Webber going very, very wide over the kerbs and run off, but returning to the track no problem.
Button is now 2.7 seconds behind Vettel, and will fancy his chances at closing the gap in the ten laps remaining.
Schumacher does stop from fifth place, and he returns to the track with plenty of space to Rosberg.
Team radio to Schumacher: "There are nine laps remaining, you're free to race, but keep it clean."
Karthikeyan stops from 16th place, not a particularly inspiring home race for him, but he's ahead of his teammate, which is important.
Vettel is setting fastest lap after fastest lap, so there's not really much chance of Button catching. The gap is up to 4 seconds now.
|Paul di Resta||13th|
Just five laps to go now, it seems unlikely any of the positions will change now.
The closest battle is Petrov, less than a second behind Pérez for 11th place.
Senna comes into the pits, having to bolt on the harder tyre for the last couple of laps. An odd decision from Renault. He comes out in 12th, behind Petrov.
D'Ambrosio also pits from down in 16th place.
Two laps to go.
Trulli also pits from 19th and last place. All these last minute stops!
Meanwhile, Webber set the fastest lap of the race but Vettel beat it before I even managed to see the time. 1:27.457 for Vettel at the moment.
Ricciardo also stops from 18th.
Sebastian Vettel wins the Indian Grand Prix!
Jenson Button crosses the line for second, with Alonso completing the podium.
Sauber versus Force India - Sutil finishes 9th for Force India, Pérez 10th for Sauber.
The marshals are all standing and waving their flags as the drivers complete their cool down lap. One of the flags fell off the end of a marshals pole though! He had to quickly retrieve it.
Team radio from Button: "That was the perfect job for us today, we did an awesome job. Everything was awesome, we've got two more races, let's go and win them."
The three cars pull in to their special enclosure. Button waits a moment before climbing out of his car and congratulates Vettel.
Vettel gives Adrian Newey a big hug, as they make their way past the smiling, clapping ladies up to the podium green room.
Button takes a swig of water, and studies the timing screens carefully. Alonso congratulates Vettel, but Button goes in for another hug with the World Champion.
The conversation seems to head towards whether it's appropriate to spray the champagne on the podium. Button doesn't seem keen, Vettel may be worried about giving the fans what they have come for. Hard to tell without better microphones!
Still, they take to the podium, the flags rise and the National Anthem rings out.
No change from before the race in the order.
|S Buemi||Smoky mess||26|
|T Glock||Collision damage||4|
|K Kobayashi||Collision damage||1|
The trophies are lifted, and they are going ahead with the champagne - it's all being sprayed at Vettel.
There's a Vettel in amongst that spray somewhere. Champaaaagne!
Toro Rosso and Sauber sitting on the same points now.
Press Conference Quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "It was a very good race for us, I enjoyed the time in the lead very much. I had a bit of a fight with Jenson in the distance. Strangely he kept closing in around the pitstops. I was pushing very hard but we seemed to lose a little bit there. On circuit, it was crucial to manage the tyres, make sure you have enough of them left at the end. All in all, it was a very smooth race. I felt even more confident on the hard tyres on the end. Thanks to the whole team, thanks to Renault. To be honest with you, it's a little bit mixed emotions. On the one hand I'm very, very happy, but on the other hand, looking back at last weekend, we lost two of our mates. Our thoughts are with them. Yes we are ready to take certain risks when we jump into the car, but we pray that nothing happened. Sometimes you get reminded and it's the last thing you want to see."
Press Conference Quotes - Jenson Button "At the last race I really struggled and lost a lot of places so I had to redeem myself here. I had a good start and was up to second by turn four. Then it was just hanging on to Sebastian. He had a good race and didn't make any mistakes. We gained in the pitstops... but as soon as Seb got into a rhythm, I couldn't do anything about it really. All in all, for the team, I think we've done a perfect job really. We couldn't have done anything else. Yesterday was a disaster for me in qualifying, but I think we put it right here. It was a good race, but as Seb said, a tough few weeks in motorsport. Very sad day, also. I think we should dedicate this first Indian race to Dan, and to Marco."
Press Conference Quotes - Fernando Alonso: "We didn't make the perfect start today. To be in a very new circuit, and starting on the clean side, I think we didn't have the grip that we were expecting. The other side of the grid was better than us, so we lost a couple of positions there. We raced with Mark until the second pit stop. We were a little bit surprised he decided to stop, we did two extra laps and gained the position. I think as Sebastian and Jenson said, mixed feelings this weekend, with sad days for motorsport with two accidents. We pray for them today and try to go ahead but always remember these two fantastic people."
Press Conference Quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "I think we can continue, the car is fantastic, the team is enjoying, and we are a run basically since the beginning of the season. We enjoy every race. You walk in the garage in the morning, you see the guys and they are flat out. They are pushing really hard and there's no sign of getting lazy. We have already achieved a lot this year but we are still hungry. We're not lacking motivation at all. I love what I do, I think we all do, so it's great, and as you said, we don't want this to end."
Press Conference Quotes - Jenson Button: "The start off the line didn't feel that good, but there's such low grip off the start line. I was able to get Fernando at turn one. I knew I had to get a good exit at turn three. He covered the inside, did the right thing, but I had enough speed to go round the outside. I had Mark behind me for about eight laps pushing me really hard. Then I was able to pull away, I think he'd damaged his tyres quite a bit. It was a fun race, a little frustrating I couldn't catch up to Seb, but we did a good race, thats the most important thing."
Press Conference Quotes - Fernando Alonso: "There was not the grip to brake that late, and I lost a little bit more, so it didn't compromise the race because we weren't able to fight with Sebastian any more. Being second or third at the first lap didn't change the picture of the race. We are not super competitive at this point of the year, but we keep having fantastic podiums. Today, we had a little problem with the front wing on the grid and the mechanics did a fantastic job on the grid before the start lights. "
Press Conference Quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "I think what the people did here in a short amount of time, to put up this arena is incredible. There are little bits here and there that aren't finished, but they'll fix that for next year I'm quite sure. I'm very proud to be the first winner here in India, it's a very impressive country. Different to what we know in Europe, but very inspiring... it's a big country, a lot of people. They are very happy here, they enjoy life, and I think in the end, that's what it's all about. If you're life comes to an end it's more the thoughts, the emotions, the friends, the friendships you take with you, more than what you have in your bank account. There's a lot we can learn and it's a great race, a great event, the circuit is fantastic. All in all, it's fantastic, so thanks a lot to India and all the people here."
Interview with Lewis Hamilton: "There's not really much to say is there. A disappointing day, very, very sorry for my team. They worked hard weekend as they always do and they deserved a better result. Obviously, congratulations to Jenson and Sebastian but I don't know what else.
"We had the one minute silence before the start of the race and me and Felipe were standing next to each other and he hasn't spoken to me since a long, long time. I made the effort, put my arm around him, and just said good luck for the race. But in the race, I tried to overtake, I tried to come out of it because it didn't look like he was going to give me any space and we collided. But again, just really, really sorry for my team.
"I had some vibrations in all the right handers, it felt as if the floor was scraping on the floor. I had very poor performance, I was pushing as hard as I could, just didn't have the pace of anyone really. But the car was fine so maybe it was just me.
"I'll fly back and try to get my head back in the game. The Indians did a fantastic job this week, the track was great and we've been treated really, really well this week. We've been treated like Kings and I'm grateful for that."
Er, sorry about the crush. It was close between Alonso and Webber.
Interview with Narain Karthikeyan: "I was happy to finish the race. I was running pretty comfortably, beat my teammate, and a green Lotus, I think. I lost out at the start, but nevertheless, it was what I had, and I had to finish.
"I made my debut in 2005, and then Force India came in, now this Grand Prix, so, a lot of corporate support. There was a lot of crowd out there today, and motorsport is on a high right now in India.
"I think all our neighbours, China, Malaysia and so on, we're competing with them for our economy, so having a high profile event like this gives us a boost which is very important these days. We're a country of a billion, we're passionate people, it's fantastic for Formula One to come here and for India to support this event."
Tweet from @InsideFerrari: So mixed feeling at the end of this race. A good podium for Fernando, a very unlucky race for Felipe, who could have fought for the same position as well.
Michael Schumacher: "It just worked out perfectly to plan. My plan was not to use any KERS during the first two corners and save it all for the long straight. It worked out perfectly well. In the important moment, I was there to catch the important positions. Just planned my race carefully, there was no need to run so close to Nico and destroy my tyres. So just drove my pace that I knew my tyres could handle for the whole distance and that worked out nicely. Have to say, the guys I'm working with, we have a lot of experience together, and it was nice to sort out the car for the race and have really nice balance.
"Normally the guy who pits first has the advantage because they can take the fresher tyres earlier. Here it was slightly different, in as far as I had my tyres in such good shape, even by the end, that I was able to manage to pull a gap and that is not normally the case. So, I don't think it was a strategy advantage, it was just managing and setting up the car to the right stop.
"I have a big compliment to make, if you imagine that these guys do that job for the first time, I'm pretty sure things have been difficult, but it worked out perfectly fine. The circuit is a great challenge but it's nature is good spectacle for overtaking, good challenge for us, very much in order, and just a big compliment to make."
Michael claws one back from a season where he has so far been outshone by Rosberg.
Interview with Paul di Resta: "I think we maybe underestimated tyre wear. We went for a fairly aggressive start on the hards, it was always the plan to come in, in the hopes of a safety car, given it was a new track and how slippy it was off line. It probably was a big risk, but one worth taking because if it had worked out, you would have basically gained a pitstop and done the race on three sets of softs, which was the quickest way. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. The other guys around us were able to do two stops, their tyre wear was better, and that was it really. But where we were on track, we were reasonably quite quick but too much time in the pits.
"I think the Grand Prix has been successful, it's not been so successful for me. The nice thing is that Adrian's got ninth place, and the two points you get for that is obviously valuable for us in the constructor's championship and that was always the aim with the way we split the strategies, in terms of my car and his car in the race."
Interview with Christian Horner: "That race was quite an intense one on the pitwall, it looked comfortable but obviously with the DRS and that hard tyre, not knowing how slow or fast it was going to be at the end. It was all about managing the gaps and getting the pit stops at the right time, and Sebastian's been so good at that all year. He was just inch perfect today."
Interview with Martin Whitmarsh: "I couldn't tell you what my emotions are live on TV, but disappointed obviously. I think the stewards made a decision, it's a shame these two do seem to be magnetic, but he turned in and he knew he was there. Lewis didn't have a chance. I'm sure others will try and interpret it differently but it's quite clear."
That about sums up the racing action for today. It was an interesting Grand Prix - hectic to start with and then tailing off to an anti-climactic end.
The drivers championship battle that is still ongoing did not change at all, Button is on top form, Webber still has work to do, Hamilton seemed demotivated once more.
Karthikeyan finished ahead of his teammate, which was all you could ask of him, really. Trulli finished in last place - I wonder if Karun Chandhok would have done better/worse?
Quite a few retirements, and it seems like reliability issues are starting to kick in now we're near the end of the season.
Nothing of the sort for Sebastian Vettel though, who took a dominant win from pole, and set the fastest lap. With just two races to go, can anyone stop his incredible run of form?
The next race is Abu Dhabi in two weeks time, so I hope you'll join me back here for the fun and games in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, stay tuned to Sidepodcast and F1Minute for all the news and reaction from India.
It's been fun, fact fans, talk to you soon.
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