According to Formula 1, Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull took top speeds in both practice sessions at the New Delhi track on Friday with teammate Mark Webber coming in second behind him. This good news for Mr. Vettel came on the same day a judge passed down the decision that an alleged entertainment tax problem with the Indian Grand Prix would be heard in court next week, thereby waiving the last-minute concern that this weekend's race may not happen. With the race now on, Rochester Motorsports has the American TV schedule for the 2013 Indian Grand Prix, below.
The 2013 Indian Grand Prix will take place as scheduled. According to BBC Sport Formula 1, a judge ruled Friday that a hearing would be delayed to next week concerning an allegation of an entertainment tax issue. An accusation has been made that a required entertainment tax was not paid for the race in 2012 and the race should, therefore, not be given approval to run this year. As it turns out, India is off the Formula 1 schedule in 2014, but organizers remain hopeful that it will return to the schedule in 2015.
Meanwhile, back on the track, according to Formula 1, Sebastian Vettel clocked times of 1m 25.722s in Friday's practice session 2 and 1m 26.683s in P1 in New Delhi. His closest rival on Friday, teammate Mark Webber, clocked 1m 26.001s in P2 shaving nearly a second off his first practice time of 1m 26.871s.
Sunday's Indian Grand Prix may be historic. Sebastian Vettel has a good likelihood of clinching his fourth consecutive drivers championship in that race. There are three ways he can do it, according to Formula 1, but the equation is not 1 for 1 based on his results alone. His closest rival, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and where he places on Sunday remains part of the mix. However, even if Alonso wins the race on Sunday but Vettel places fifth or higher, Vettel secures the season title. If Alonso were to finish second but Vettel took eighth place or higher, Vettel comes out on top. Thirdly, according to the season's points accumulated to date, the championship is Vettel's if Alonso finishes third or lower in Sunday's race.
Finally, here is this weekend's TV schedule for American Formula 1 fans, according to NBC Sports. Live broadcasts are marked with an *, and all times presented are Eastern.
2013 Indian Grand Prix TV Schedule
Saturday, October 26:
*4:30 a.m. -- 6:00 a.m. Qualifying -- NBCSN -- LIVE
Sunday, October 27:
1:00 a.m. -- 2:30 a.m. Qualifying -- NBCSN -- Rebroadcast
*5:00 a.m. -- 5:30 a.m. Formula 1 Pre-Race Show -- LIVE
*5:30 a.m. -- 7:30 a.m. Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix -- NBCSN -- LIVE
*7:30 a.m. -- 8:00 a.m. F1 Extra -- NBCSN -- LIVE
2:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m. Formula 1 Pre-Race Show -- NBCSN -- Rebroadcast
3:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m. Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix -- NBCSN -- Rebroadcast
After India, there are only three races remaining in the 2013 Formula 1 season: Abu Dhabi, November 3; the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas on November 17; and the last race, the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo on November 24.
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