Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel wins Indian GP from pole, stretches lead at the top of the table


first_imgSebastian Vettel scorched his way to a comfortable victory from pole at the Indian Grand Prix while Force India earned four points through Nico Hulkenberg’s eighth-place finish here.Vettel faced no challenge whatsoever as the Red Bull driver led from start to finish to record his fourth win on the trot and extend his lead in the drivers’ championship to 13 points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.Alonso, though, did his best to win the race, coming up from fifth position at start to overtake the two McLaren cars and then Mark Webber in the other Red Bull to take second position, keeping himself in the hunt for the drivers’ title.Fernando Alonso drove aggressively but could only climb up to second spot from a fifth-place start.Click here to Enlarge Vettel, though, was far ahead of the pack, dominating throughout the race — topping the timings in all FPs and the qualifying — and won on Sunday by a comprehensive margin of 9.4 seconds.Vettel, who was the defending champion here after winning the inaugural edition last year, now has 240 points, 13 more than Alonso with three races left in the season.”It has been incredible. To come here both years, get the pole and win the race is fantastic. It is a very special Grand Prix and I really like this circuit,” Vettel said after the win.Webber conceded his second position to Alonso but managed to finish third ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who was followed by teammate Jenson Button.Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren was unable to mount any serious challenge to the Red Bulls.Click here to Enlarge advertisementFelipe Massa was sixth in the second Ferrari, ahead of Kimi Raiokkonen, Hulkenbeg and teammate Romain Grosjean. Willams’ Bruno Senna took the last point available with 10th position.Home side Force India also bettered its result from two points last year to four this year, with Hulkenberg finishing eighth. The result helped Force India reduce the gap with Sauber to 23 points in the Constructors’ championship. India’s Narain Karthikeyan, who had brake problems early, finished 21st, down from 17th last year.Vettel is now the first driver since 1989 to lead every single lap in three consecutive races. The last man to do it was the legendary Ayrton Senna (at San Marino, Monaco and Mexican Grands Prix).When Vettel completed lap 42 of the 60-lap race, he surpassed Jim Clark on the all-time consecutive laps led list. Senna has the all-time record of leading 264 consecutive laps.Alonso, who had promised to attack, was aggressive as he straight away targeted the two McLarens ahead of him. He first passed Hamilton and then used the DRS in lap three to zip ahead of Button.”I never give up. We will never give up. We congratulate Red Bull but we want to be happy today. We were quite fast on the straight line. Today we have to thank the team for this speed. The track gave us some overtaking manoeuver”, Alonso said.Vettel though was cruising in his Red Bull and gradually increase the gap from Webber to three seconds. Mark Webber also put up a creditable show to take the third place in the action-packed race.”I had to work hard to be on the podium today in third. I enjoyed the race today. It was very difficult race. We had some problems on the car. A great Grand Prix. Lewis and Button gave me a hard time and without KERS it was a difficult time”, Webber said.The second Force India driver Paul di Resta finished 12th after starting from the 16th position.Former champion Michael Schumacher had the worst possible start as he suffered a rear-right tyre puncture after a contact with Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso. Hulkenberg had a close fight with Perez and on the long straights he past the Sauber driver in the DRS zone to move up to eighth.Perez also suffered a tyre puncture when he tried to ovetake Daniel Ricciardo at turn four in lap 19. He re-joined the race after changing the tyres but quit after two laps.Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen chased down Massa but ultimately could not get his way past the Brazilian. Alonso put Webber, who had KERS problem, under a lot of pressure and zoomed past him as the Australian was unable to defend in lap 48.DRIVERS’ STANDINGS (After Sunday’s race)Sebastian Vettel               240Fernando Alonso             227Kimi Raikkonen               173Mark Webber                    167Lewis Hamilton               165Jenson Button                 141Nico Rosberg                   93Romain Grosjean           90Felipe Massa                   89Sergio Perez                    66Kamui Kobayashi           50Nico Hulkenberg            49Paul di Resta                  44Michael Schumacher    43Pastor Maldonado         33Bruno Senna                   26Jean-Eric Vergne           12Daniel Ricciardo             9Timo Glock                       0Heikki Kovalainen           0Vitaly Petrov                     0Jerome D’Ambrosio      0Charles Pic                     0Narain Karthikeyan       0Pedro de la Rosa          0advertisementlast_img