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The Indian Grand Prix - did you know? 24 Oct 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 leads at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday, 28 October 2012 Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday, 28 October 2012 Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula One Team HRT F112.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday, 28 October 2012 Karun Chandhok (IND) Team Lotus T128 Reserve Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice Day, Friday, 28 October 2011 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice, Friday, 26 October 2012 The start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday, 28 October 2012 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 leads at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday, 28 October 2012

Did you know that New Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit has 14 metres of elevation changes or that the safety car has never been deployed in India? Ahead of the 2013 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix, we uncover some of the lesser known facts and figures about the race…

• The Indian Grand Prix has been run twice previously at New Delhi’s Buddh International Circuit, in 2011 and 2012.

• Sebastian Vettel has dominated proceedings in Formula One racing’s two previous visits to the venue: he’s claimed pole on both occasions and won both races.

• Vettel has also led every single lap in Indian Grand Prix history - all 120 of them.

• Vettel scored the first of his four career Grand Chelem’s (pole, fastest lap, race win, led every lap) at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

• If Vettel clinches the drivers’ title in India (he needs to finish in fifth place or higher to be sure of doing so), it will become the 20th country in Formula One history to have seen a champion crowned. The others (in order) are: Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Morocco, USA, Portugal, South African, Mexico, Austria, Japan, Canada, Australia, Hungary, France, Belgium, Brazil, and Abu Dhabi.

• In Japan, Vettel became only the sixth man in Formula One history to win five consecutive races (after Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher). If he wins in India he join Schumacher as the only man to win seven consecutive races in one season.

• Meanwhile, if the other Red Bull of Mark Webber finishes in eighth place or higher, the Australian will surpass 1,000 career points. He’s currently on 996.5.

• Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren are the only teams to have scored podiums in India.

• McLaren’s Jenson Button set the fastest lap in last year’s race, but the lap record is owned by that man Sebastian Vettel again - a 1m 27.249s set in 2011.

• The safety car has never been deployed in the Indian Grand Prix.

• According to Mercedes, the drivers are on full throttle for 63 percent of the lap distance. The longest time at full throttle is 14.2 seconds on the long straight between Turns 3 and 4. Drivers make an average of 58 gear changes per lap, which equates to 3,480 gear changes over the 60-lap race.

• Two Indian drivers have started a world championship Grand Prix - Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok - but Karthikeyan is the only one to score points (he scored five in 2005). This will be the first Indian Grand Prix without an Indian driver on the grid.

• Despite being relatively new on the calendar, the Indian Grand Prix has played host to a few milestones. In 2011 Jarno Trulli and Felipe Massa celebrated, respectively, their 250th and 150th race starts. In last year’s race Jenson Button recorded McLaren’s 150th Formula One fastest lap.

• Only 12 of the 22 drivers that started the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011 will be on the grid this year.

• And finally, if Ferrari get either car into the points in India they’ll match McLaren’s record of scoring points in 64 consecutive races…

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