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Indian Grand Prix: Imperious Vettel top of the charts again in FP2, Webber and Alonso follow

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indian_gp_red_bullSebastian Vettel continued to be the man to beat in India, as he followed up his incredible performance at the Buddh International Circuilt last season where he picked up the triple crown, with twin timesheet topping performances in FP1 and FP2 on Friday. Having set a time of 1:27.619 to top the charts in the morning, Vettel set the pace again in FP2, posting an excellent 1:26.221 second lap on the soft tyres in the afternoon. Red Bull made it a perfect day for them with Mark Webber almost matching the double world champion for pace, setting an excellent 1:26.339 second lap himself. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who is 6 points behind Vettel in the race for the drivers' championship, was third quickest, but a massive 0.599 seconds behind.

Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen were fourth and fifth quickest, but neither driver managed to break into the 1:26s. Rosberg shared though that his position on the timesheets may not necessarily be realistic of his potential qualifying pace. The McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were 6th and 7th, with virtually nothing separating the duo in terms of pace. Nico Hulkenberg gave the home fans something to cheer by setting the eighth fastest time in the Force India.


Sebastian Vettel quickest in Free Practice 1 at Indian Grand Prix

vettel_pit_stopReigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, chasing his fourth straight win of the season, began his defence of the Indian Grand Prix in perfect fashion, setting a 1:27.619 lap to top the timesheets in the morning's Free Practice session. Vettel was over three-tenths of a second quicker than Jenson Button, who found some much needed form on his final lap to be the only other driver to break 1:28s. Fernando Alonso sent out a warning to all those who believe his title challenge is fading by being third quickest with a time of 1:28.044. In fact, there was just one hundredths of a second separating the Ferrari driver and Vettel before the Red Bull man posted one final quick lap to wrap up his morning's work.

Lewis Hamilton, who was quickest in Friday free practice 1 here last season - almost a full second faster than today's best time - was also very much in the picture today, just 0.002 seconds off Alonso's pace. Red Bull's Mark Webber rounded off the top 5.


Caterham F1 Team Confirms Giedo van der Garde & Alexander Rossi for Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test

Caterham F1 Team has confirmed that it will be running its current Reserve and Test Drivers at the forthcoming Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, taking place at the Yas Marina Circuit from 6th – 8th November. 27 year old Reserve Driver van der Garde will be in the car for days one and two of the test with 21 year old Test Driver Rossi taking over for day three.

Cyril Abiteboul, Caterham F1 Team CEO: "We are delighted to be running both Giedo, our Reserve Driver, and Alexander, our Test Driver, at the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test in November. With all the drivers we work with we want to make sure they can see that we can help guide them along a clear path to the top of the motorsport industry. On top of the FP1 sessions both drivers have already run for us, giving both Giedo and Alexander the chance to also test with us in Abu Dhabi is a good example of our ongoing commitment to helping develop talented drivers achieve their long-term goals.


Rossi has Epic Fight from 21st to 5th in WSR Season Finale

Alexander Rossi rounded off his season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with an incredible fight back on Sunday to finish fifth after starting 21st at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain with the Arden Caterham team. He also set the fastest lap of the race in both of the weekend's races.

Both Friday practice sessions were fragmented affairs as drivers found themselves subject to numerous red flag periods. In free practice one Alexander ran as high as seventh, and ended the session P11 after completing 14 laps. In the second session, Alexander ran 25 laps, finishing fourth fastest, less than three tenths off the pace of session leader Kevin Magnussen.


Toyota Racing hopeful of ending the season on a high at Six Hours of Shanghai

Toyota Racing brings the curtain down on a successful first season in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the final round of 2012, the Six Hours of Shanghai in China. A thrilling victory in the previous round at Fuji Speedway gave the TS030 HYBRID its second win from just five races, with the TOYOTA Racing drivers heading the first-ever all-hybrid podium in an FIA world championship race.

Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre will share the #7 TS030 HYBRID this weekend, with fellow Fuji winner Kazuki Nakajima returning to the Super GT series for a round in Motegi, Japan.


Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns to represent Red Bull at Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi

Red Bull Racing has confirmed today that its line-up for the Young Driver Test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit from 6-8 November will be Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns.

Portuguese driver Felix da Costa is a member of the Red Bull Junior team and recently finished third in the GP3 Championship. He also competed in six of the nine rounds of the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 series, taking four wins and finishing fourth-place overall. The 21-year-old recently drove a Red Bull Racing RB7 at a Show Car event in Seoul, Korea.


Maiden Carrera Cup win for Porsche Junior Michael Christensen

The 22-year-old Porsche Junior Michael Christensen has concluded his debut season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland with flying colours. Driving for Konrad Motorsport, the Dane won the final round of Germany's fastest one-make race series on the Hockenheimring from pole position. Christensen beat second-placed Kévin Estre (France, Hermes Attempto Racing) to the flag by 3.2 seconds. The last podium spot went to Christensen's teammate Norbert Siedler (Austria). The second Porsche Junior only missed out on a podium result by a hair's breadth. Trailing Siedler by just 0.5 seconds, Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler (Austria, Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) saw the flag after a spirited final race in fourth place. René Rast (Germany, Team Deutsche Post by tolimit), who secured the series' title yesterday, went off the track and retired.


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