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Paddock Club Diaries - Indian GP 2013 Day 3

Sundays are always hectic be it any Grand Prix. Everyone waits expectantly as the tension mounts for the main event to get underway.

The Result on Sunday is what matters. All the mistakes made earlier in the weekend are forgiven.

So how was the Sunday at the 2013 Indian GP? Lets find out!

Enroute to the Circuit :

Waiting for the Paddock Club to open :

The Paddock on Sunday Morning :

The Circuit in all its glory!

Shots from the Lotus F1 Garage ( Pit - Lane Walk ) :

The Lotus E21 Firing Up :

More Shots from the Pit Lane Walk :

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Team firing up their Mercedes 2.4 L V8 Engine! Sweet Music :

The Pit Lane Walk ended and we were visited by Romain Grosjean in the Suite!!


It was imperative to finish one's lunch quickly else you would miss standing in the best places and capturing all the activity happening below :

Raikkonen and Hulkenberg do reconnaissance :

Mechanics rush to prepare the Grid Slots :

being rolled into his grid-slot :

Preparations in full swing for the Race Start :

Media interviewing Bottas, Alonso and Lauda :

Moments before the Formation Lap :

The Formation Lap :

Mechanics rushing back to the Pits :

The Race Start :

Video Link :

Shots from the 1st Half of the Race :

Lotus F1 Team in action :

More Stills from the Race :

Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen
moving up the grid :

I was taken downstairs for the final part of the race and had the privilege of witnessing the Podium Celebrations up close.

Sebastien Vettel won the race comfortably and was crowned champion for the 4th Time! Red Bull Racing secured the Constructors' Championship too! Congratulations to them for a fantastic season!

Sebastien Vettel's elaborate doughnut celebrations following the chequered flag earned himself a reprimand and Red Bull Racing were given a €25,000 fine, for failing to go straight to parc ferme.

Nico Rosberg finished 2nd for a very satisfying afternoon for Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.

Romain Grosjean produced a stellar drive to finish 3rd after starting 17th on the grid!

Kimi Raikkonen
ran 2nd and then 3rd for a major part of the race but a disastrous decision to prolong his 2nd stint meant that his tyres went off the cliff and the Finn had to eventually pit from 7th Position on the Penultimate Lap and finish the race in 7th.

Alan Permane ( Lotus Trackside Operations Director ) came under fire for his controversial and abusive radio message ( we heard the uncensored version on the Team Radio ). Romain was already suffering from loss of air pressure in his engine ( in the last 15 laps ) and caught Kimi whose tyres had lost all life. Kimi didn't yield at the corner that the team expected him to and Alan shot off a harsh message to him. Kimi responded quite bluntly that it wasn't possible for him to let his Team-mate pass him at that corner. Permane had to bear the brunt on social media and some Kimi fans went over the top in their criticism. The matter is now doused though and everyone accepted that it was in the "Heat of the Moment"

Nevertheless it was good day for the Lotus F1 Team!!

The Mechanics are all smiles!

Sebastien Vettel, Triumphant once again!

Podium Celebrations and Trophy Presentations!

Video Link :

David Coulthard performing the Podium Interviews :

Video Link :

Celebrations in the Lotus F1 Team Garage :

Romain's Mechanics are all smiles!!

James Robinson mobbed by the crowd!!

A moment with the Trophy :

The teams frantically packing all up. The 2013 Abu Dhabi GP was in 7 days time!!

Debriefing :

What a Home Race this was. Its Sad that F1 doesn't return to India in 2014. The Fan Following is great out here and I shall always miss being at my home race.

3 Fantastic Days!!

A Big Thank you to the Lotus F1 Team for all the Hospitality! A Big Thank you to Anne-Charlotte Remy, Oliver Anderson, Fred Garcia and James Robinson for all the kindness shown to me.

Abu Dhabi GP Paddock Club Diaries coming soon!!

Thank you all for your patience! God Bless!

Paddock Club Diaries - Indian GP 2013 Day 2

Saturday at the Grand Prix is always a busy affair. An early start to the day as teams perform Pit-Stop Practice followed by Third Practice and then the Qualifying to decide the grid on Sunday.

Lets see how it all unfolded on Saturday!!

Enroute to the Circuit :

The Paddock Club was yet to open so got some shots from above :

Shots from the First Pit-Lane Walk of the Day :

The Saturday Practice started with a slight delay due to poor visibility.

Shots from FP3 :

Lotus F1 Team in Action in FP3 :

Sebastien Vettel topped the Timesheets again! Romain Grosjean was 5th Fastest and Kimi Raikkonen was 11th.

A Sumptuous Lunch was served!

I finished my lunch hurriedly. It was time to go down for the 2nd Pit-Lane Walk of the day and meet the ICEMAN KIMI RAIKKONEN again!!!!!


Shots from the 2nd Pit-Lane Walk :

We made our way back to the Pit Building and it was time for the Qualifying to start!

Shots from Q1 :

Lotus F1 Team in Q1 :

Jenson Button Topped Q1. Kimi Raikkonen was P6 and Romain Grosjean was eliminated in Q1 in 17th!!! Bad Strategic call by the Team not to run the Option Tyre!

Shots from Q2 :

Lotus F1 Team with Kimi in Q2 :

Sebastien Vettel was Fastest in Q2. Kimi Raikkonen was 4th Fastest!

It was now time for the Top 10 Shootout in Q3! The Top 10 Places would be decided for Sunday's Race!

Shots from Q3 :

Lotus F1 Team in Q3 :

Sebastien Vettel was on Pole again! Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton completed the Top 3!

Kimi Raikkonen could only manage P6 but a strong grid to start from nonetheless.

Post Qualifying I had the opportunity of going down to the Motorhome thanks to the graciousness of Oliver Anderson again!

With Eric Boullier and Romain Grosjean!

I couldn't get a moment with Kimi Raikkonen but got as close as possible to my Favourite Driver!

Kimi Photos!

Shots from the Motorhome :

Stills from the Paddock :

Returning from the Circuit :

It was a pleasant day 2 at the Indian GP but I never thought that a big drama would unfold the next day!! It will be revealed soon!

A Big Thank you to the Lotus F1 Team for all the Hospitality and Once Again a Big Thank you to Oliver Anderson for being so gracious in allowing me to roam through the Paddock on a Saturday evening!!

The Sunday experience coming soon. God Bless everyone!!

Paddock Club Diaries - Indian GP 2013 Day 1

2013 has been an amazing year for me!! It would be criminal to not attend your Home Race after travelling all across the world for F1!

The Buddh International Circuit is the 2nd fastest circuit on the calender and boasts of some State-of-the-art Facilities!

It is a shame that F1 does not return to India next year. There have been some great races in the past couple of years and this year's event too wasn't a downer.

As usual Photos and Experiences from DAY 1!!

The Passes ( 3 day pass as usual :P )

Enroute to the circuit :

The View of the Paddock from above :

Jules Bianchi and Giedo van der Garde walking to the Garage :

The Hospitality Suite :

The First Friday Practice was already upon us!

Shots from FP1 :

The Lotus Boys Strutting their Stuff!

Sebastien Vettel was the Fastest in FP1. Romain Grosjean was 4th and Kimi Raikkonen 17th!

Oliver Anderson was gracious to take us downstairs post FP1 for a quick tour of the Garage!

The Time came for the Pit-Lane Walk and meeting Davide Valsecchi!

Shots from the Pit-Lane Walk :

Davide Valsecchi!!

Lunch as always was Sumptuous!!

After a filling lunch, it was time to engross yourself in FP2! Teams would be doing Race Simulations as well as some Low-Fuel Runs!

Shots from FP2 :

Lotus F1 Team in action during FP2!

The Cars Rolling back to the Garage :

Sebastien Vettel led the Timesheets again! Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen were 3rd and 8th respectively.

The Mechanics busy washing the Tyres Post the Practice Sessions!

The Paddock in the Evening!

Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean debriefing on Friday Evening!

Team Principals after the Friday Press Conference and Answering the media :

Returning Home!!

All in all a great Friday at the Indian Grand Prix. The Lotuses looked good on the Long-Run Settings!!

Couldn't wait for the Saturday and Sunday!!

More Coming from the Indian Grand Prix Weekend. So watch this Space!!