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Sebastian Vettel poised to claim fourth title

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Fifth place or higher will see Sebastian Vettel claim his fourth consecutive world title at this weekend's Indian Grand Prix - and let's be honest, we can't wait for him to do it.

After an initial challenge by Mercedes faded away in the second half of the season, Lotus' best efforts falling just short, a mediocre attempt at a fast car by Ferrari and a shambolic one by McLaren, Vettel and Red Bull Racing have been allowed to scamper off into the distance.

Once the formalities are settled, it will give us the chance to fully focus on the other battles throughout the field.

The battles for "best of the rest" in both the drivers' and constructors' championships will rage on beyond India, possibly to the last race in Brazil. 

Fernando Alonso leads the race for second place at the moment, but the Spaniard is likely to come under increased pressure from third-placed Kimi Raikkonen, soon to be his Ferrari team-mate. 

Lotus - in particular Romain Grosjean - have shown an incredible upturn in the last few races, supposedly to do with a new engine mapping system also helping Red Bull's cause, with both teams supplied by Renault.

The Enstone team have proven themselves to be quicker than the Scuderia in recent times - and the fact that Alonso and Raikkonen are to be partners next year makes this battle for second place a very attractive sideshow.

Lotus' recent showings have also given them a genuine shot at an unlikely second place in the Constructors' Championship.

Currently 33 points adrift of Ferrari (and 23 behind Mercedes), they come to New Delhi with the wind in their sails and drivers full of confidence following a brilliant drive from Grosjean in Japan that was unfortunate not to yield the Frenchman's first F1 win. 

Apart from numerical battles, there are drivers fighting to save their futures in the sport - and with announcements surely not far away for all the teams, expect every racer under pressure to step their game up and give that extra 20 per cent needed to secure their place on next year's grid.

All of this means there is still plenty to look forward to in what could be the last Indian GP for a few years, with the event not on the provisional 2014 race calendar. 

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