By his own admission the Indian Grand Prix has always gone “perfectly” for Sebastian Vettel, so there can be few tracks the Red Bull driver would rather be tackling as he closes in on a fourth world championship this weekend.
Vettel is so far the only driver to win at the Buddh International Circuit since the event appeared on the calendar in 2011, with his victories in the inaugural race and again in 2012 helping him on his way to his second and third titles.
After Vettel’s victory in Japan last time out - his fifth win in a row this year and ninth in total - the German enjoys a 90-point advantage over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in the drivers’ standings.
While victory will be the only thing on his mind, Vettel can guarantee the title regardless of Alonso’s result with a fifth place or better, and in doing so would become only the fourth driver to win four titles alongside Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher.
He is also bidding to join with Fangio and Schumacher as the only men to win four successively.
“So far everything has always gone perfectly for us in India,” said Vettel. “There is also a very nice trophy at the end of the race - so it would be great to hold one again this year.
“It’s a circuit that I like in a country that is very, very impressive every time we go there.
“It is not an easy track because of a few complicated rhythm-breakers that are in there. So to drive a perfect lap around the Buddh circuit, you need a good driving instinct.”
Vettel is not alone in his praise of one of the newest circuits on the grand prix calendar, with most of the drivers enjoying the undulating nature of a track boasting the second highest average speed of the year after Monza.
“The track is good,” said Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber. “I think they’ve done a good job with the circuit, it’s a place where you can really put a Formula One caron the limit and it’s quick.
“It’s very, very fast, but has some undulations as well. The undulations are quite good and quite cute; they’ve put them in some challenging areas for us.”