|(Another) Shanghai Surprise|
| For the neutral this continues to be one strange start to the season. In Shanghai tomorrow, the Malaysian GP winner starts back in ninth place and the current world champion starts outside the top ten. Admittedly missing out by only about five hundredths...
While it was here at the Shanghai International Circuit Red Bull Racing scored our first pole and have been Chinese P1 ever since, neither of our drivers will be on the front row tomorrow. Sebastian was 11th, while Mark will start in sixth place; Lewis' five-place gear-box penalty promoting him one higher than his qualifying result.
So, there were two major angles for the headline writers from this afternoon's sessions: Seb not making the final cut (albeit by slimmest of slim margins) and an all-Mercedes front row with Nico Rosberg taking the team's first pole position and beside him will be Michael Schumacher.
But they could choose a few other storylines.
Red Bull Racing
|AUDI STARTS SECOND HALF OF DTM SEASON WITH BIG AIMS◾Sights set on clinching first win of the season at Spielberg (Austria)|
◾Audi driver Mattias Ekström in striking distance of top of the standings
◾Dieter Gass, Head of DTM: 'In good position to attack'
Ingolstadt, July 28, 2014 – In the DTM, Spielberg stands for thrilling races and enthusiastic fans in a beautiful setting. Next weekend (August 1 to 3) the circuit in Styria is to become the venue of the Audi squad's first victory this season. Motorsport fans will get to watch the qual....
|DANIEL WINS HUNGARIAN THRILLERBUDAPEST, Hungary – Daniel took a thrilling second career win with a brilliant drive at the Hungarian Grand Prix that saw him pass both Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso the final four laps. Sebastian, meanwhile finished seventh after an early safety car period compromised his chances of capitalizing on a front-row start.|
The race began in wet conditions, with the field opting to start on intermediate tires. Starting from fourth, Daniel lost two positions into Turn 1 in the tricky con....
|'AWESOME FUN' IN HOCKENHEIM FOR SEB AND DANHOCKENHEIM, Germany – Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo both delivered thrilling performances in an action-packed German Grand Prix that saw Seb finish fourth and Dan sixth.|
At the front, Nico Rosberg took a fourth win of the season ahead of Williams' Valtteri Bottas. But with the championship leader finishing 20 seconds ahead of the Finn, spectators had to look further down the order for excitement. Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes delivered his share, powering through from 2....
|AUDI DRIVER EKSTRÖM SHINES WITH RECOVERY◾From position eleven on the grid to third place in DTM race at Moscow|
◾First DTM points for youngster Nico Müller
◾Audi continues to lead manufacturers' standings
Ingolstadt/Moscow, July 13, 2014 – With one of his typical recoveries Mattias Ekström clinched a podium result for Audi at Moscow Raceway in front of 50,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) and captured second place in the DTM drivers' standings.
Two weeks following his strong showing at the Norisring and a week a....
|AUDI IN THE DTM: AIMING FOR FIRST PLACE AT MOSCOWFive Audi drivers hunting leader of the standings Marco Wittmann|
◾Audi at the top of the teams' and manufacturers' classifications
◾Dieter Gass, Head of DTM: 'First victory of the season is overdue'
Ingolstadt, July 7, 2014 – The Audi squad is traveling to the DTM's second round in Russia with a clear aim: After seven podium places in the first four races, the first victory of the season is to follow at Moscow next weekend (July 11 to 13). The event marks the season's midpoint and wi....
|Podium for Dan, Seb fifth after epic duelNORTHAMPTON, England – Daniel Ricciardo took a deserved fourth podium finish of the season at the British Grand Prix after switching to a one-stop strategy that saw him fend off pressure from rivals behind and hold together his final set of tires for 37 laps until the checkered flag.|
Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, finished fifth, the champion winning an epic battle with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso that defined the last third of the race.
The race was won by Lewis Hamilton, who took his ....