It’s tight at the top for Formula 1 and MotoGP this weekend

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  • Ferrari's Fernando Alonso (centre) with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel (left) and Red Bull's Mark Webber (right) during the Formula One Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Northampton. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is congratulated by second placed Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel (left) after winning during the Formula One Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Northampton. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

    Jorge Lorenzo of Spain during MotoGP free practice 3 during the 2011 Airasia British Moto GP Qualifying Day at Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

  • It’s tight at the top for Formula 1 and MotoGP this weekend
    27.10.2012 15:14

    Both the Formula 1 and MotoGP 2012 World Championships look set to have a two-man fight on their hands as their respective seasons draw closer to the end. With so much to race for, could the weather play a part in deciding who takes home the trophies this weekend?


    For Formula 1 aficionados, it is the cat-and-mouse battle between Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel that is set to give a nail-biting race at the Airtel Indian Grand Prix this weekend. Alonso originally had the lead this season, but a recent run of wins for the German has seen him move into a 6 point lead over the Spaniard. Vettel took the chequered flag at last year’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix and, with a pole position already under his belt this weekend against Alonso’s fifth on the grid, it looks set to be another interesting race in the 2012 calendar.

    Despite the track being rather dusty during the practice sessions on Friday, conditions so far this weekend has been decidedly fine. The weather for tomorrow’s race looks set to be sunny and dry with temperatures up to 30C. Not only that, but there will be little in the way of cloud for the teams to fret over from the pit wall. With no surprises in store in terms of the weather, the drivers and teams may need to rely on strategy and pit stops to beat their rivals.

    Elsewhere this weekend, MotoGP fans can look forward to the penultimate race of the season, to be held at Phillip Island, Australia. This race could seal the fate of the championship fight between Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa who are currently separated by 23 points, with 50 points still up for grabs. Heavy rain during last weekend’s event in Malaysia saw Lorenzo succumb to the wet conditions, allowing Pedrosa to take full points when the race was red-flagged on the 14th lap. Technically, Lorenzo could clinch the title at this weekend’s event if he wins and his rival finishes outside the top 12.

    With so much to race for at the historic Australian circuit, the riders will no doubt be hoping for more favourable conditions than at the rain-hit Malaysian event. It appears that this will be the case this weekend, as conditions are set to be rather cloudy at times but staying mainly dry, with temperatures up to 15C and generally light winds. As with their Formula 1 counterparts, the fight for the chequered flag will need to be fought with few interruptions from the weather.

     

    By: Laura Caldwell