Front-run­ners

Alook at those lead­ing the F1 peck­ing or­der go­ing into the 2013 In­dian Grand Prix

India Today - - GRAND PRIX SPECIAL -

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Sebastian Vet­tel (Red Bull) He won, he won again, and he con­tin­ued win­ning long enough to see cheers turn to boos. But Vet­tel, with 33 Grands Prix wins, is not daunted by boo­ing spec­ta­tors. Poised to win his fourth world cham­pi­onship, he has one an­swer for his crit­ics—the crooked fin­ger.

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Fer­nando Alonso (Fer­rari) The most highly paid driver in the cir­cuit and twice world cham­pion, Alonso has been mak­ing a mark since his de­but with Mi­nardi at the Aus­tralian Grand Prix in 2001. He’s trail­ing Vet­tel in the 2013 driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship, with lit­tle hope of catch­ing up.

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Kimi Raikko­nen (Lo­tus) Cur­rently with Lo­tus but wait­ing to re­turn to Fer­rari in 2014, the Fly­ing Finn is third in the F1 standings with 167 points*. The high­lights of his nine-year-long ca­reer in F1 are his world ti­tle in 2007 and his undis­closed multi-mil­lion-dol­lar price tag.

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Lewis Hamil­ton (Mercedes) When Lewis Hamil­ton’s par­ents named him af­ter sprinter Carl Lewis in 1985, lit­tle did they know they were mar­ry­ing him to speed. Launch­ing his ca­reer in 2001, he peaked in 2008 with a photo-fin­ish against Timo Glock to win the World Cham­pi­onship.

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Mark Web­ber (Red Bull) De­spite his on­go­ing tirade against Pirelli tyres, Aussie Mark Web­ber—with 130 points*—is one of the con­tenders most likely to over­come Vet­tel in the fu­ture. Though, hav­ing joined Porsche for the 2014 World En­durance Cham­pi­onship, this may be his last F1 sea­son.

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