What's in store at BIC

Last Updated : 20 October 2012, 15:49 IST

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Red Bull Racing:

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have already run clear on the constructors table, but its not that easy for the German as he still has to battle it out with Fernando Alonso for the drivers’ crown.

Ferrari: The Tifosi will be much happier with how Fernando Alonso has done this season. The Spaniard will be waiting to do well here as the BIC will have more than eighty percent of the spectators here rooting for him and the prancing horse to win the race at a track which suits his style.

McLaren: This is Lewis Hamilton’s last race at the BIC as a McLaren driver and he may be hoping to go out with a bang. The Briton’s familiarity with the surroundings at the BIC may just hold him in good stead.

Team Lotus: Renaults are competitive and Kimi Raikkonen’s inclusion settles that case. This will be his and his team-mate Romain Grosjean’s first time in India. One can expect a stunning drive from these drivers.

Mercedes: This is the last chance for Michael Schumacher fans to catch the German in action in India. Schumacher announced his retirement from F1 for the second time earlier this month.

Sauber: The India-Formula One connection is not only with Force India, it lies with Sauber too. With an Indian-born team principal in Monisha Klatenborn, the ‘Cats’ have put up a above-par display this season via  Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez.

Force India: Good grid positions at ‘home’ for the Vijay Mallya-run team will take them closer to Sauber, who lie in sixth place currently. Mallya’s men will also look to please their fans.

Williams: Both Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna were present for the inaugural race and will bank on their experiences of the track to help the Williams climb up the ladder.

Toro Rosso: Led by technical director Giorgio Ascanelli’s innovative indeas, Toro Rosso are on the rise this season and can be expected to get better with seasons to come.

Marussia: In the seasoned Timo Glock, Marussia had their eyes set on big things this season but they fell by the wayside from the start. The debutants will hope to come good, starting at the BIC.

Caterham: A controversial start to the season was perhaps not the best thing for this young team, but that’s exactly what they got, and their results since have been discouraging.

HRT: From a team whose wing parts were falling apart in 2011 to a team who have done exceedingly well given the quality of their cars, HRT are mature. Coming into the BIC, their biggest asset and inspiration will be Narain Karthikeyan. The Indian, who has shown some speed this season, will hope things go his way at home.

Published 20 October 2012, 15:49 IST

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