11.02am And that’s it – another absolute motor racing master class from the man who’s smashing F1 records left, right and centre. He’s now led more laps of an F1 season than anyone else, ever. He’s been on pole 13 times and won 11 races this year – including the first ever Indian Grand Prix. What a guy. We’re off to eat biscuits and read the papers – see you in Abu Dhabi in a fortnight’s time.
10.52am Eight laps to go and the gap at the front is back up to 3.5 seconds – looks like Vettel’s cruising home to another victory now. Interesting scrap going on between the two Mercedes, though. Tense few laps coming up for Ross Brawn.
10.44am Three and a half seconds between them now – looks like the McLaren pit boys have been putting the hours in. Make that 2.8 – could we be about to see a bit of DRS action at the front?
10.37am Button not a million miles away from Vettel at the moment – just five seconds between first and second. One slip up from the champ and Button could be in with a shot at the win. Sadly for Jenson, Sebastian Vettel doesn’t make many mistakes.
10.32am Lewis starting to make amends for his earlier drama – he’s up to seventh and will fancy a pop at Schumi in few laps.
10.24am More misery for Massa – front left suspension is knackered and that’s his afternoon over.
10.19am Drive-through penalty for Massa. No Christmas card for Lewis this year. Could be a horse’s head in the post, though.
10.17am Half distance now, with Sebastian Vettel still leading (obviously). Button and Webber looking good for podium finishes, with Alonso just two seconds down the road.
10.13am Rowan Atkinson not the slightest bit amused by that one in the McLaren garage. Some colourful language flying around in Felipe Massa’s helmet, too.
10.10am And they’ve collided! Again! Lewis dives down the inside and Felipe shuts the door, sending both spinning and sparks flying. Both have kept it running but there’ll be more stern words when this race is over. That’s Lewis down to eighth, after pitting to sort out his mangled front wing.
10.07am Hamilton’s getting set to pounce on Felipe Massa – surely he’ll be through in just a couple of corners. And with the race a third gone and Lewis sitting a place lower than he started, it’s about damn time.
10.01am Button’s in the pits from second. Slick stop and he’s back out without losing position.
9.57am So here’s the top ten after fifteen laps: Vettel, Button, Webber, Alonso, Massa, Hamilton, Rosberg, Schumacher, Alguersuari, Buemi. Little drama at the front, but some tense midfield battles going on at the moment. Could well see a couple of surprise names in the points today.
9.53am That’s Maldonado out of the race. No yellow flags so looks like a technical failure for the Venezuelan.
9.49am Can anyone remember the last time Vettel wasn’t leading a Grand Prix? Poor guy must be getting lonely out there.
9.44am Shame to see the Toro Rossos slipping out of points positions so early. Mind you, with plenty of straight line speed in those Ferrari engines, we reckon they’ll be back in the top ten soon enough. And there it is – Alguersuari slips past Senna into tenth.
9.40am DRS has been activated, but already Vettel is two seconds clear at the front. Expect another quiet race from him today. Meanwhile, Webber’s right on the back of Jenson – could be a lap or two before Marko nabs that second place back.
9.36am Yellow flags a-waving, courtesy of Kamui Kobayashi, who clattered with a Virgin at the back of the pack. Looks like both managed to keep it going.
9.33am They’re away! No problem for Vettel, but Mark Webber’s got Jenson Button all over him. He’s through! Another howler from Marko, and not a great start for Lewis – he’s slipped down to sixth.
9.29am And the tyre blankets are off – the formation lap is underway.
9.20am Quick reminder of the starting grid – it’s the two Red Bulls up front, with Fernando Alonso in third. Then it’s Jenson and Lewis, who slipped back to fifth after picking up a grid penalty in Friday practice. Just behind, it’s Massa, Rosberg and Sutil, with the two Toro Rossos looking primed for another strong race in ninth and tenth.
9.16am What. Is. Eddie. Wearing.
9.04am So, another Sebastian Vettel-led procession, or has Formula One got some drama left in the tank for 2011?We’ve sacrificed our Sunday morning snooze, so we’ll be mighty miffed if it’s not the latter. Even so, something tells us the double world champion and pole position man won’t be beaten today. So kettle on, volume up – it’s time for the first ever Indian Grand Prix.