That Sebastian Vettel will win his fourth consecutive Formula 1 world championship is in no doubt. Exactly when he will clinch it is, but whereas sealing the deal in Japan always depended on Fernando Alonso having a disaster, in India Vettel needs only a top-five finish.
Given that he has only failed to do that once this season, in Britain where he retired while leading, the odds are very much against Vettel having to go to Abu Dhabi to take the title.
India's Buddh International Circuit has been a very happy hunting ground for Vettel. In the two Indian GPS staged so far, he has won both, led every single lap, taken both pole positions and one fastest lap. Only Jenson Button's fastest lap last year spoils the symmetry (Vettel let the side down by setting only the fourth-best lap of the race...)
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.