Vettel hoping to extend perfect record in India

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Sebastian Vettel may be on the verge of sealing his fourth world championship, but the Red Bull driver is still keen on winning next weekend’s Indian Grand Prix to extend his perfect record at the circuit.

Since the inaugural race in 2011, Vettel has won both races and led every single lap of the grands prix at the Buddh International Circuit. Although he may only have to finish fifth next Sunday to clinch his fourth title, extending this record is certainly on his mind.

“So far everything has always gone perfectly for us in India,” Vettel said. “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.”

However, he also explained in Red Bull’s grand prix preview that he finds the circuit particularly challenging despite his perfect record.

“It is not an easy track, because of a few complicated rhythm-breakers that are in there,” he explained. “The most difficult part is the uphill entry to turn three, because seeing the apex is practically impossible. So to drive a perfect lap around the Buddh circuit, you need a good driving instinct.”

The Indian Grand Prix will not feature on the 2014 calendar with race organizers wishing to switch to an earlier slot in 2015, but it appears that the lack of government support could make this year’s running of the race the last.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.