|United States GP - We're going down to the wire in Brazil|
| Austin, 18 November – Fernando Alonso's championship chances are still alive! The first race to be held at the Circuit of the Americas, outside the Texas capital proved to be every bit as exciting as had been predicted. Plenty of drama, lots of overtaking and for the Scuderia Ferrari duo, a third place for Fernando Alonso and a fourth for Felipe Massa, after great drives from both men. After a difficult qualifying on Saturday, this is a fantastic result. Lewis Hamilton has the honour of being the first man to see his name on the trophy for this new event, after he never gave up chasing down Sebastian Vettel, who had to settle for second. There is only one number that matters tonight – 13. Not normally considered lucky, let's see if it will be in seven days time in Sao Paolo as this is the number of points that now separates the two title contenders, the German having extended his lead by three compared to Sunday night in Abu Dhabi. Red Bull Racing can be congratulated on clinching the Constructors' title for 2012 this afternoon. Hamilton's win and Button's fifth place means that, in second place, Ferrari's lead over McLaren is down to 14 points. Fernando was promoted to seventh on the grid, when the team made the tactical decision to break an FIA seal on the gearbox on Felipe's car prior to the race. This is deemed to be the same as changing a gearbox and carries a five place penalty. The perfectly legal move meant that the Brazilian had generously 'taken one for the team' as the saying goes, allowing his team-mate to increase his championship chances by starting one place higher up and from the clean side of the grid, which was bound to be a big advantage on this new and very slippery track surface.
With the difficulties in warming up the tyres pretty much the entire field had opted to start on the softer Medium Pirelli tyre. Choosing the best moment to switch to the Hard would be one of the most important decisions of the afternoon. At the start, Webber came through from third to sit behind pole man Vettel, while Fernando immediately went up three places to fourth and Felipe was up one to tenth. Behind the Spanish Ferrari man came Schumacher, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Grosjean and Di Resta, who'd made up four places in the Force India, ahead of Massa. Lap 3 saw Webber struggling with Hamilton on his gearbox, with Fernando 2.8 behind the McLaren man. However, the Englishman got ahead of the Australian so that Webber was now in Fernando's sights, while still tenth, Felipe was just 0.4 behind Schumacher. Then Grosjean spun the Lotus and the Brazilian managed to pass him and Schumacher to go eighth on lap 6.
Most of the battles were taking place in the midfield while lap 10 saw Hamilton closing to within 1.6 of the leader Vettel. Webber was 4.5 adrift of the Englishman and had a 3.4 lead over Fernando. Lap 11 saw Felipe pass Di Resta to take seventh spot. The first ever race at the Circuit of the Americas was turning into a real crowd pleaser with wheel to wheel battles, including the one that saw Raikkonen move his Lotus up to fifth behind Fernando after passing Hulkenberg's Force India. The top four were running within 10.9 seconds but behind Fernando there was a big 11.9 gap to Raikkonen. On lap 17 Webber spun off and retired so that Fernando was third and next time round, Felipe set a fastest race lap. Lap 20 and Hamilton changed tyres followed straight down pit lane by Fernando. Unfortunately, there was a slight delay on the right rear wheel of the F2012 and this dropped the Ferrari man to sixth, moving back to fifth when Di Resta pitted. Vettel pitted on lap 21 and maintained his lead. On the Prime tyre, the Spaniard was not as quick as he would have liked and Button on worn Primes managed to get by. Felipe had a smooth pit stop coming in from third on lap 26, coming out sixth behind Ricciardo, but he fell into the clutches of Raikkonen, who'd had a slow stop on lap 24 and the two men had a wheel to wheel battle which stayed in favour of the Finn.
On lap 30, with 26 to go, Fernando was now fourth, 1.9 behind Button who had yet to pit. Ricciardo changed tyres coming in from fifth at this point, so that Felipe was back in sixth behind Raikkonen. Hamilton was piling the pressure on the leader, getting to within 1.6 of Vettel, with a series of quickest laps. These two had pulled away from the field, Button in the other McLaren 24 seconds behind his team-mate, with Fernando a further 2.9 behind. On lap 34 Hamilton was close enough to use DRS if he wanted, the Red Bull right in his sights, but the leader responded with a fastest lap of his own on lap 35, as Button finally changed tyres, promoting Fernando to third and Felipe to fifth, with Grosjean sixth at over 2 seconds. Lap 38 and Felipe had Button behind him after the McLaren got past Grosjean's Lotus. However, the Brazilian was looking ahead rather than behind and on the next lap, he pulled a great move on Raikkonen at Turn 1 to take fourth place, to lie 12 seconds behind his team-mate.
|BREMBO: THE CHOICE OF CHAMPIONS FOR 40 YEARS!• Leadership confirmed with victories in F1, IndyCar, MotoGP, Le Mans Among Others|
PLYMOUTH, Mich., Dec. 11, 2014 – With championships in F1, IndyCar, World Endurance, Le Mans, MotoGP and World Superbike, Brembo, the leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance brake systems, reaffirmed its technological leadership in 2014.
With the 40th anniversary of Brembo's first world championship – Niki Lauda's first F1 crown with Ferrari in 1975 – planned for next year, Brembo....
|XTRAC'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY ACHIEVEMENTS - MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR – PETER DIGBY NAMED ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR• Xtrac's notable 30th anniversary achievements - company crowned Manufacturer of the Year – Peter Digby recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year|
Xtrac, the UK's world-leading developer of motorsport transmissions and drivetrain technology, has celebrated its most successful year ever, reaching significant milestones throughout its 30th anniversary, with increasing business in Argentina, Brazil and China, and exports approaching 70 per cent of its total sales revenue.
|MCLAREN-HONDA PREPARES FOR 2015: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR FUTURE DOMINATIONDec 11, 2014 -- McLaren-Honda is delighted to announce its new driver lineup for 2015: Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Kevin Magnussen will remain an important part of the team, as test and reserve driver.|
All three men will play crucial roles in re-establishing the ascendancy of one of global sport's most iconic unions, for McLaren and Honda have already formed one of the most dominant partnerships in motorsport history: Honda broke new ground in the 1980s by creating a turbocharge....
|FORMULA E HONOURED AT AUTOSPORT AWARDSLONDON, UK (December 8 2014): The FIA Formula E Championship was awarded the prestigious Pioneering and Innovation Award at the world-famous AUTOSPORT Awards last night.|
Held at London's five star Grosvenor House Hotel, the world's first all-electric single-seater championship joins an illustrious list of winners of the Award, which include the SAFER barrier system, the HANS driver safety device and the Nissan GT Academy.
The black tie event is one of the most celebrated evenings in....
|SOLBERG SCOOPS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT AUTOSPORT AWARDSNewly-crowned FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg picked up the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at last night's prestigious Autosport Awards. Presented by former Formula One World Champion Jenson Button, the World RX ace was awarded the accolade at a glittering ceremony held at The Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane.|
Solberg, who drove a Citroen DS3 Supercar for Team PSRX in 2014, claimed five outright victories in World RX including a win at the season-opener in Portugal and ....
|Vettel: 'A special feeling'Maranello, 1 December – This was the first weekend as a Scuderia Ferrari driver for Sebastian Vettel, who has been at Maranello from Saturday until today and has begun his work ahead of the new season. This morning the German driver took part in a meeting with Chairman Sergio Marchionne and the Sporting Department's new Managing Director and Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene, with whom there was agreement about the work that lies ahead for the team in the short and medium term. Sebastian....|
|Sebastian gets down to business in FioranoMaranello, 2 December – Last Saturday, Sebastian Vettel did his first laps as a Scuderia Ferrari driver, at the wheel of an F2012, at the Fiorano track. The German did around a hundred laps and it wasn't just a case of getting to know the team, the track and the car's systems: after a few cautious runs, he began to push and enjoy himself, even though the damp track meant conditions were tricky with less than optimal grip.|
In this video, you can see some spectacular highlights from Seba....
|INFINITI'S 'SYNAPTIQ' WINS PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD IN 11TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW DESIGN CHALLENGELOS ANGELES – Infiniti won the first-ever People's Choice Award as part of the 11th annual Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge with SYNAPTIQ, a unique answer to this year's theme of 'Sensing the Future: How Will Cars Interact With Us In 2029?'|
Infiniti designers from its San Diego studio looked toward the future in which augmented reality, 3D hologram and wearable technologies may be a part of the everyday driving experience, creating a seamless interaction between man and machine. ....