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Vettel upbeat ahead of Indian GP

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NEW DELHI – Formula One championship rivals Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso both have cause for optimism about their victory chances in this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix, as the title fight gets down to its final four races.

Vettel’s victory in the previous race in Korea made it three straight grand prix wins, snatching the drivers’ championship lead from Alonso, who had led by as much as 40 points before the German’s winning streak.

The Indian track – the Buddh International circuit about an hour outside New Delhi – has similar characteristics to that of Korea: long straights in the early part of the lap followed by more twisting, technical sections.

The Buddh circuit has some fast, sweeping corners, which usually suit the Red Bull more than its rivals, and Vettel is eager to get back on the Indian track where he won the inaugural race last year. -Reuters

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