Provisional grid for the Indian Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel may have dominated qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix on Saturday, but the variety of strategies throughout the field means that the German driver is far from comfortable at the head of the field. With both Mercedes drivers breathing down his neck on the grid and teammate Mark Webber well placed in fourth on the medium compound tire, Vettel must produce a champion’s drive to secure his fourth world title.

Following qualifying, there have been no changes made to the qualifying result due to existing grid penalties or other sanctions from the stewards.

For Vettel to become world champion he must:

  • Finish fifth or higher
  • Finish¬†eighth or higher if Fernando Alonso wins the race

For Alonso to take the title race to Abu Dhabi, he must:

  • Finish in the top two
  • Should he finish first, Vettel must finish sixth or lower
  • Should he finish second, Vettel must finish ninth or lower

Therefore, should Alonso retire from the race, Vettel will become champion even if he does not finish.

Provisional grid for the Indian Grand Prix

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
4 Mark Webber Red Bull
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari
6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus
7 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
9 Sergio Perez McLaren
10 Jenson Button McLaren
11 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso
12 Paul di Resta Force India
13 Adrian Sutil Force India
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham
21 Charles Pic Caterham
22 Max Chilton Marussia

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.