|INDIAN GP - A MIXED FIRST DAY – NORMAL FOR FERNANDO, LESS SO FOR FELIPE|
| For those interested in unusual statistics, the top of the morning time sheet was an exact replica of last year's Indian Grand Prix podium, with Sebastian Vettel fastest ahead of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. In the afternoon, the German maintained that position, this time joined by his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber who was second fastest, while Fernando was again third for Ferrari. Having been seventh this morning, Felipe Massa slipped to fifteenth at the end of the second 90 minutes of practice. Behind the Spanish Ferrari man, Nico Rosberg was fourth for Mercedes, with Kimi Raikkonen, still an outside chance for the championship, fifth in the Lotus, while Lewis Hamilton completed the top six in his McLaren.
The Scuderia has made it clear it aims to fight for the Drivers' title right to the very end of the year and with that in mind, it's stated plan is to try and improve the performance of the F2012 at each of these last four races. That inevitably makes for a very busy three hours on Friday, the only two sessions when one has time to test new elements or ideas without being penalised if they do not work out. Fernando did the most laps out of the two Prancing Horse pilots, completing 58, which is two less than Sunday's race distance, while Felipe did 47. There was a reason for this disparity in their workload and in their lap times: while Fernando got through everything on his list and admitted to greatly enjoying this track, Felipe had a more troubled time, not through any fault of his own, but because of a small glitch on his car which upset the balance, even causing him to spin. It was unfortunate, because the pirouette damaged one of his tyres and as it is unwise to use too many sets on the first day of a race weekend, especially on a dirty track, the Brazilian's day was pretty much over. If one wants to look for positives in every situation, at least it meant his programme was changed to give the crew some extra pit stop practice – always useful.
|SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX PREVIEWSINGAPORE – Character counts for a lot in F1, and for any new circuit on the F1 calendar, the establishment of a recognizable identity is half the battle in attracting a fan base and holding on to your slot on the schedule. We'll spare the blushes of those that have fallen by the wayside and instead point to Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina and Austin's COTA as two places that have done a decent job of building a good identity – one as high tech, the other down home, over the past few years.|
|TIMO SCHEIDER CLINCHES THIRD PLACE FOR AUDI◾First podium of the season for the two-time DTM Champion|
◾Miguel Molina and Mike Rockenfeller score points as well
◾DTM manufacturers' classification remains open
Ingolstadt/Lausitzring, September 14, 2014 – Audi driver Timo Scheider clinched third place, marking his first podium result of the season, at the Lausitzring in front of 58,000 spectators (throughout the weekend).
On an initially wet track, the two-time DTM Champion in the AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team ....
|PORSCHE LAUNCHES 'THE SOUND OF PORSCHE' – A THREE-WEEK, MULTISENSORY POP UP IN MANHATTAN• Brand immersion experience features brand stories, virtual driving and design challenge|
New York. Porsche Cars North America announces the launch of The Porsche Brand Pop Up in New York City on Monday, September 15, 2014. 'The Sound Of Porsche: Stories of the Brand' transforms space in Manhattan's fashionable Meatpacking District into a modernized record store – to transport consumers to the true essence of Porsche. At this interactive multisensory brand experience, visitors a....
|ROLAND KRÜGER TO LEAD INFINITIYOKOHAMA, Japan – Roland Krüger, most recently a senior vice president at BMW Group in charge of the German sales region and with an accomplished track record in the premium automotive business, will be appointed president of Infiniti and a senior vice president of the Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., the parent company of the premium brand. Kruger will be based at the company's Hong Kong headquarters and will report to Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.|
'Roland Krüger ha....
|AUDI BANKS ON STRONG TEAMWORK AT LAUSITZSights set on lead of manufacturers' classification|
◾Many Audi fans traditionally turn out at the Lausitzring
◾Dieter Gass, Head of DTM: 'First season victory for Audi remains the aim'
Ingolstadt, September 8, 2014 – Motorsport fans can look forward to a thrilling battle for the crown in the manufacturers' classification in the remaining three races. Before round eight at the Lausitzring next weekend (September 12 to 14) Audi is within striking distance of the leader of the standings, BMW, ....
|FIFTH AND SIXTH IN ITALYMONZA, Italy – On Saturday afternoon in Monza, Sebastian Vettel said that despite qualifying behind Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso for the Italian GP, he felt sure that the RB10 would have better pace than either McLaren or Ferrari come the race.|
The champion and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo this afternoon delivered on that promise, with Dan grabbing fifth place and Seb taking sixth ahead of the Force India of Sergio Perez, McLaren's Jenson Button and the sole finishing Ferrari o....