|European GP - Alonso, the homecoming hero|
| Picture the tableau: Fernando Alonso parks his F2012 in the middle of the track opposite a grandstand packed with deliriously happy fans, all chanting his name as he lays out the Spanish flag on the ground. It's an image that will pass into racing history and came after the Scuderia Ferrari driver delivered a bravura performance to win the European Grand Prix in Valencia. Not only does it make him the only man to have won two races out of the eight held so far this year, it also gives him a commanding lead in the Drivers' classification, as his two nearest rivals in the title race, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton failed to score points today. Felipe Massa had more bad luck than one person should have to deal with in an afternoon and brought his Ferrari home in 16th place.
The cars formed up on the grid, with Fernando and Felipe behind one another in 11th and 13th places, the track temperature was up to 45º. As the lights went out, the two F2012s immediately made up ground, with Fernando going to eighth and Felipe to tenth. By the end of the second lap, pole man Vettel already had a big 4 second lead in the Red Bull, over Hamilton, (McLaren) Grosjean (Lotus,) Kobayashi (Sauber,) Maldonaldo (Williams) and Raikkonen (Lotus) sixth. In eight, Fernando was right on the tail of Hulkenberg in the Force India, with Felipe, now tenth chasing the German's team-mate Di Resta.
In second place, Hamilton was holding up the field as Vettel extended his lead to 6.8 on lap 4. On lap 7, Felipe tried yet another attack on Di Resta, even pulling alongside but he could still not find a way past. In fact, the Brazilian was struggling with a car that felt badly balanced: after the race it was found that debris had damaged the car, reducing its ability to generate downforce. On lap 10, Grosjean outbraked his way past Hamilton to move up to second, while Fernando and Felipe kept harrying their respective Force Indias. Button and Perez were the first to change tyres, coming in on lap 10. Felipe pitted on lap 11. Fernando finally found a way past Hulkenberg to go up to seventh. Raikkonen passed Maldonaldo for fifth, meaning the Venezuelan Williams driver was Fernando's next target. Hamilton changed tyres on lap 13.
Alonso passed the Williams and on lap 14, Raikkonen, Kobayashi, Maldonaldo, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo and De La Rosa all pitted. Fernando came in next time round, while race leader Vettel and second placed Grojean came in on 16. The Spanish Ferrari driver had managed to get ahead of Raikkonen and Kobayashi by staying on track for that extra lap and he was now in a big group of cars, many of whom had not yet changed tyres. At this stage, it was clear the Spaniard was being more aggressive and assertive than his direct rivals in getting past the slower cars in the group. He got past Webber in the Red Bull to be eighth on lap 18, while Felipe was thirteenth behind Maldonaldo. Fernando was flying on Option tyres and a few moments later he passed Schumacher's Mercedes to go up to sixth, as the German and Webber both pitted together.
|2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - PracticeMERCEDES AMG PETRONAS kicked off the final weekend of the 2014 Formula One season at the top of the time sheets during practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Lewis and Nico separated by the narrowest of margins on a scorching opening day's running at the Yas Marina Circuit.|
•Lewis topped the times during both the morning and afternoon session, with Nico P2 in each
•0.133 seconds separated the pair in the first session, with just 0.083 between them in the second session
•Both drivers ra....
|SPOTLIGHT ON MACAU: VERSTAPPEN TO MAKE FINAL FORMULA 3 APPEARANCE 'POWERED BY VOLKSWAGEN'◾Max Verstappen fits Macau start around Formula One commitments|
◾Nine drivers line up at motorsport classic with Volkswagen Power
◾Volkswagen most successful engine manufacturer with eight wins
Max Verstappen (NL) will climb into the cockpit of a Formula 3 car 'powered by Volkswagen' for the final time at the Macau Grand Prix (13–16 November). The Dutchman ended his rookie season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in third place in the Drivers' Championship and has spectacularly bee....
|2014 United States Grand Prix - RaceLewis Hamilton took his third United States Grand Prix victory by less than five seconds from team-mate Nico Rosberg after a tense battle at the Circuit of the Americas.|
•Lewis and Nico achieved the team's tenth one-two finish of the season to equal the record set by McLaren in 1988
•The result now means that only a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver can now win the 2014 World Drivers' Championship
•In claiming his 10th victory of 2014, Lewis has now won more Formula One races than any other ....
|2014 United States Grand Prix - PreviewRound 17 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Austin for the United States Grand Prix, held at the Circuit of the Americas.|
Driver / Senior Management Quotes
Crossing the line on Sunday in Sochi was a really amazing moment. To win the very first Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix and help the team achieve the first Constructors' Championship for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish – it couldn't have got much better. When I went to the factories ....
|Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains Honoured With The Prestigious Dewar TrophyMercedes-Benz is proud to announce that Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP), Brixworth, has been awarded the coveted Dewar Trophy – renowned as the most prestigious award in British engineering – for its PU106A Hybrid Formula One Power Unit.|
The Royal Automobile Club's Dewar Trophy is only awarded in years when the Club's expert committee believes that there are contenders of sufficient merit, with winners joining a remarkable line-up of automotive greats. In a year which marks th....
|MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS and PUMA To Extend Formula One PartnershipThe MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team and PUMA, one of the world's leading sports brands, are delighted to announce a new team supplier partnership to extend their relationship which began in 2012.|
Effective from January 2015, the new agreement sees PUMA become the Official Supplier of Technical Clothing and Footwear and an Official Licensee of Footwear, Apparel and Accessories. The agreement will also extend the licensed rights that Brandon, PUMA's own sports merchandise company, has fo....
|INFINITI KICKS OFF U.S. GRAND PRIX WEEKEND WITH F1 SHOWRUNAUSTIN, Texas – Infiniti brought a taste of Formula One to thousands of Austin locals today, when Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel drove the 2011 Championship-winning Formula One car and the F1™-inspired 560-horsepower Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype along Congress Avenue.|
In addition to the high speed runs along the closed road, the 'Go Zero to Infiniti' event featured former F1 driver David Coulthard and Texas-based sports broadcaster, Robbie Fl....
|‘Stars & Cars' in Stuttgart – celebrate the ‘best'•On Saturday, 29th November 2014, Mercedes-Benz intends to mark the end of the exceptional sporting year that was 2014 |
•MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Silver Arrows works team heads to Stuttgart as 2014 Formula 1 Constructors' World Champions
•MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 drivers Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg, plus all seven Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers will attend the event
•Demo drives of current and classic racing cars
•Autograph signings, interviews & fan 'happenings' in and around the M....