F1 Schedule in October 2013: Previewing the Month Ahead

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F1 Schedule in October 2013: Previewing the Month Ahead
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The penultimate month of the Formula 1 season sees three races on the calendar, with a very real chance that the title will be wrapped up with plenty to spare.

The Asian swing of the 2013 season continues, with stops in Korea, Japan and India.

F1 in October 2013
Round GP Date Race start (UK)
14 Korean GP 6 October 0700
15 Japanese GP 13 October 0700
16 Indian GP 27 October 0930

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Sebastian Vettel has a 60-point advantage in the title race, and if he can extend that advantage to 76 by the end of the month, he will seal the crown for the fourth straight year.

Driver Standings after 13 Rounds
Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull Racing-Renault 247
2 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 187
3 Lewis Hamilton British Mercedes 151
4 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Lotus-Renault 149
5 Mark Webber Australian Red Bull Racing-Renault 130
6 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 116

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Korean Grand Prix

There's plenty riding on the Korean Grand Prix for the race organisers.

It has not been universally popular since it appeared on the calendar in 2010, and many were surprised that it retained a place on the schedule for 2014.

But financial concerns mean its presence is far from secure, and it has been shunted forward to April with a big "provisional" next to its name.

Vettel is a strong favourite at Yeongnam. Regardless of the strength of the Red Bull at present, Vettel has won the last two races here.

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Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka comes as part of back-to-back race weekends this season, and the Japanese Grand Prix is the most well-established of the Asian races on the calendar.

Vettel is a strong favourite again, having won three of the last four Grands Prix to be held on the track, and coming in third on the other occasion.

The race has been a fixture at Suzuka since 2009, after a two-year spell at the redesigned Fuji Speedway.

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Indian Grand Prix

Another Grand Prix destination with plenty to prove, the Buddh International Circuit in Delhi will host its third race at the end of the month.

The circuit has been pulled from the calendar in 2014, Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed, but is expected to make a return in 2015—this time early in the calendar rather than in the second half of the season.

But with more Grands Prix than ever on the 2014 schedule, the event could do with a memorable race this year to avoid being shunted down the pecking order.

And the venue history again makes happy reading for Vettel, who has won both races to be held here before.

 

Drivers who need a big October

All eyes will be on the men who are eyeing a better seat—or simply a seat at all—in 2014. Nico Hulkenberg of Sauber, Paul di Resta of Force India and Felipe Massa for Ferrari are the men who need to put in drives that linger in the minds of would-be employers.

 

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