The second race of the Formula 1 season is held at the Sepang International Circuit, known for its wide straights and sweeping corners. This thrilling race is made up of 56 laps with a total race distance of 310.408km. Practice sessions will be held on 28 and 29 March, with qualifying on 29 March.
Date: 30 March 2014
Location: Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
The Formula 1 season kicks off in Australia at the Albert Park street course in Melbourne. The race consists of 58 laps around the 5.303 km circuit with 16 turns. Michael Schumacher set the lap record for this race in 2004 with a time of 1:24.125. Winner of the 2013 race was Kimi Raikkonen, who also won the race in 2007. Catch the qualifying on 15 March 2014 at 17:00 and then the excitement of the Australian Grand Prix on 16 March.
Date: 16 March 2014
Location: Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia
Sebastian Vettel’s flawless win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this past weekend was his seventh consecutive victory for the 2013 Formula One season, putting the German driver on a par with Michael Schumacher’s record of seven consecutive victories set in 2004. Driving for Red Bull Racing-Renault, Vettel has clocked up eleven wins this season, and with two more races to go in the 2013 Formula 1 series – United States and Brazil – Vettel still has the opportunity to break that record. Teammate Mark Webber took second place, followed by Nico Rosberg, Romain Grosjean and Fernando Alonso in the top five positions. The top five in points for the season are (in order): Sebastian Vettel (347 points); Fernando Alonso (217 points); Kimi Räikkönen (183 points); Lewis Hamilton (175 points) and Mark Webber (166 points).
Born in Heppenheim, Germany, Sebastian Vettel started karting at the age of three-and-a-half, beginning his racing career in karts series at the age of eight. His talent was immediately evident and at the age of eleven he was accepted into the Red Bull Junior Team. From there he moved to open-wheel cars, winning the 2004 German Formula BMW Championship, winning 18 of his 20 starts. In 2005 Vettel moved into the Formula 3 Euro Series, going on to test for the BMW Sauber team.
In 2006, Vettel became the third driver for BMW Sauber at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix, and in 2007 was confirmed as BMW’s test driver for 2007. He substituted for Robert Kubica in the United States Grand Prix, earning his first World Championship point by finishing in eighth position. In 2007, Vettel moved to Red Bull’s Scuderia Toro Rosso team, enjoying a reasonably successful season apart from an accident in the Japanese Grand Prix for which he received a penalty, which was later lifted when it was determined that Lewis Hamilton had caused the wreck.
Highlights of the 2008 season included Vettel becoming the youngest driver (21 years and 74 days old) in history to win an F1 Grand Prix when he took the checkered flag in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, and being named Rookie of the Year at the Autosport Awards. In 2009, Vettel replaced retiree David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing and became the youngest Grand Prix driver to win for two different teams when he won the Chinese Grand Prix in April of that year. The following years saw Vettel claim a number of victories, with the 2013 season being his best yet. Fans will no doubt be keen to see how the final races of the season pan out.
The thrilling 2013 F1 Grand Prix season ends off in Brazil with what is sure to be an unforgettable race. Previously known as Interlagos, the track has a long history of hosting the Grand Prix, extending back to 1973. The race will consist of 71 laps of 4.309 km, making it a total of 305.909 km. The lap record was set in 2004 by JP Montoya at a time of 1:11.473. Who is going to take the lead in 2013? Catch the action on 24 November to find out!
Date: 24 November 2013
Venue: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
City: Sao Paulo
The Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix covers a distance of 307.249 km, divided into 60 laps of 5.125 km. Sebastian Vettel holds the lap record for the race, that had its start in 2011, with a time of 1:27.249. Who is going to take the lead on the Hermann Tilke designed track? Stay tuned to find out!
Date: 27 October 2013
Venue: Buddh International Circuit
City: New Delhi