|Chinese Grand Prix: Race|
|Nico Rosberg took a commanding victory at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai today. Starting from pole position, he took the chequered flag with a 20s margin over the second placed car, achieving his first win in Formula One. • Nico ran a two-stop option/prime/prime strategy to win by 20.626 seconds over Jenson Button's McLaren-Mercedes • Michael was forced to retire on lap 13 after his right front wheel was not properly attached at his first pit stop • This was Nico's 111th Formula One start, and comes 111 years after Mercedes' first win at the 1901 Nice Speed Weeks • It's the first win for a works Silver Arrow since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, on 11 September in Monza - 25,671 days ago! • The victory is the tenth in Formula One for a works Silver Arrow, and brings the total number of Mercedes-Benz F1 victories to 90 • Mercedes-Benz powered cars filled the podium for the second time in three years at the Chinese Grand Prix Nico Rosberg 'This is a very special moment for me. The whole weekend went perfectly. My first pole position, now my first win in Formula One – it really is fantastic. But it's not only this; it's the first win for the new Silver Arrow and for this great team. That is really special for me. Thanks to everybody in the team, here in China and in our factories in Brackley and Brixworth. It makes me very proud that we have improved the car so quickly. I will never forget this race, and the last 20 laps felt as long as if I was racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours! But then crossing the line was so intense. We will enjoy this success, but our feet are still on the ground. We are still not where we want to be, we are still working hard to understand the car and the tyres in all conditions, and we will keep pushing to improve our race pace even further. We will see how that works out in Bahrain.' Michael Schumacher 'First of all, congratulations to the whole team, to Mercedes-Benz and of course to Nico who achieved a perfect victory from start to finish. He did a great job today and yesterday, and I am happy for him. As for my race, my right front tyre got loose following my first pit stop. As I did not want to cause any bigger damage to the car, I stopped on the grass. I felt there was something wrong immediately and especially in turn three, when I put pressure on the right side of the car. Up until then I had a controlled race I'd say, keeping the others behind me and the tyres together. Of course, this was an unfortunate ending to what could have been a nice race, and I feel sorry for the guys, who always work so hard and give their best. But we all know that's part of the game.' Ross Brawn 'This is a truly special and historic day. I am so delighted for Nico, he has deserved to take his first victory several times, and has now done so by driving a perfectly judged race from pole position. I am excited to see how he develops now he has that win under his belt. Commiserations to Michael, who was driving a controlled race in second position, but was forced to retire after his pit stop. However, he is the first man to say that we win and lose as a team, and his performances this year prove that he is equally capable of climbing to the top step of the podium. Heartfelt congratulations to all our team here at the track, in Brackley and in Brixworth; they have put tremendous effort into this project, and we are now starting to see the rewards for their dedication and expertise. Finally, I must thank all our colleagues at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart and around the world - their support has been unstinting, and we are proud to deliver the first victory for a works Silver Arrow car in 57 years. I was just one year old when Juan Manuel Fangio won in Monza in 1955 - but this victory is something I will remember, and savour, for a very long time indeed!' Norbert Haug 'What a sensational victory from Nico and our team! It was unbelievable how Nico drove and controlled the race from lap one to 56. A big thank you to everybody in Brackley, Brixworth, Stuttgart, Fellbach, Untertürkheim and Möhringen for all their relentless work and their belief in our capabilities and that we can make it. Nico's performance was superb today, the team executed a great two-stop strategy, and Nico and his car managed the tyres very well. It was a shame for Michael, who dropped out after his first pit stop because of a problem with the right front wheel; he missed out on a possible very good podium result. It was particularly sweet to see Jenson and Lewis on the podium - Mercedes Power to the power of three!'|
|SEBASTIAN VETTEL BECOMES FIRST FORMULA ONE DRIVER TO SAMPLE THE SOCHI GRAND PRIX CIRCUITSOCHI, Russia – Four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel today became the first F1™ driver to lap the newly completed Sochi Autodrom in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, ahead of this year's inaugural Russian Grand Prix.|
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver and Infiniti Director of Performance travelled straight to Sochi from Spa Francorchamps after finishing fifth in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. After a tour of the venue's facilities, he completed a number of high-speed laps of the fu....
|JANN MARDENBOROUGH JOINS THE MOTORSPORT ELITE◾Jann Mardenborough joins the prestigious British Racing Drivers' Club|
◾Mardenborough joins same club as Moss, Stewart, Hill, Hamilton, Button and Bell
◾Johnny Herbert and Derek Warwick talk about Jann's rise to prominence
◾Mardenborough to team up with Sir Chris Hoy at Brands Hatch this weekend
LONDON, UK – The winner of the 2011 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition, Jann Mardenborough, is now a member of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), arguably the most exclusive clu....
|2014 Belgian Grand Prix - RaceNico Rosberg took second place in today's Belgian Grand Prix, while Lewis Hamilton retired in the latter stages of a dramatic race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.|
•Lewis pitted on the second lap after suffering a puncture. He then stopped again for fresh tyres on laps 17 and 31 before retiring the car on lap 33
•Nico ran a three-stop strategy, including a nose change on lap eight. He pitted twice further on laps 19 and 34
•The team has finished on the podium in every race of the 2014 s....
|DANIEL TAKES SENSATIONAL SPA WINFRANCORCHAMPS, Stavelot, Belgium – Daniel Ricciardo took a superb third win of the season at Spa-Francorchamps to take the team's 50th grand prix win. In doing so he became the first Australian since Jack Brabham in 1960 to win the Belgian Grand Prix.|
Sebastian Vettel fought his way to fifth place, winning another titanic battle in the closing stages as he passed McLaren's Jenson Button, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and the second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen in the final three laps.
|TOMMASO VOLPE APPOINTED INFINITI GLOBAL DIRECTOR FOR FORMULA ONEHONG KONG – Infiniti has appointed Tommaso Volpe its new Formula One Global Director, effective September 1, 2014. Volpe will be responsible for Infiniti's entire activities around its title partnership and vehicle performance partnership with four-time Formula One Champion Infiniti Red Bull Racing. |
He will be based at Infiniti's global headquarters in Hong Kong and report to Vincent Gillet, Infiniti Vice President, Global Marketing. Volpe joins Infiniti from Lotus Cars in the UK, whe....
|PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE AND PEBBLE BEACH TOUR D'ELEGANCE PRESENTED BY ROLEXCLASSIC MASTERPIECES ON TRACK AND FIELD|
The Monterey Classic Car Week is one of those rendezvous moments: a must genuine must-do in a world seemingly full of unique and iconic events. The week features concours, tours, racing and auctions; it offers something for everyone interested in the history of the automobile or, indeed, society, given the impact the car has had in its century or so of popular appeal. In 2014, four events stood out head and shoulders above the other happenings. ....