European GP - Alonso, the homecoming hero
By: Ferrari S.p.A.
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
2014 Infiniti Q50
2013 Infiniti FX Vettel Edition
2013 Infiniti Q30 Concept
2013 Lotus E21
2013 McLaren MP4-12C Can-Am Edition Racing Concept
2013 McLaren MP4-28
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
2013 Mercedes-Benz W04
2013 Nissan GT-R Bolt-Performance
By: Ferrari S.p.A.
| 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.
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Both the Infiniti Q50 3.7 and Q50 Hybrid models, including rear- and all-wheel drive versions, were recognized for their safety performance during government testing.
'We're pleased with NHTSA's recognition of Infiniti's efforts to develop some of the safest cars on the road,' sai....
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INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 12, 2013– Brembo, the leading designer and manufacturer of brake systems and high performance automotive components, confirms its technological leadership through repeated motorsports victories in 2013.
The company is very pleased this year to have assisted Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull in achieving the Formula One Drivers' and Constructors' championships for the fourth-straight year.....
| Seb and the Team Crowned ChampionsPARIS – Sebastian Vettel and Infiniti Red Bull Racing were awarded their trophies for winning the 2013 Drivers' and Constructors' Championship titles respectively at last Friday night's FIA's annual Prize-Giving Gala in Paris.|
Held at the Cité du Cinéma movie studios complex built by legendary French film director Luc Besson, the Formula One awards section of the evening kicked off with Mark receiving his trophy for finishing in third place in the Drivers' standings in his final Formul....
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| KATY PERRY TO PERFORM AT INFINITI BRAND FESTIVAL IN CHINA• Katy Perry's first ever performance in China|
• Major public event to celebrate the Infiniti brand in China
• Infiniti retail and manufacturing business growing rapidly in China
Beijing / Hong Kong - Infiniti announced that U.S. singer, songwriter and actress, Katy Perry, will perform as a special guest at the 2014 Infiniti China Brand Festival in Beijing. Several thousand guests are expected at the Beijing indoor Olympic Stadium on Saturday, January 11, to par....
|Alonso runner up with pride and styleMaranello, 7 December –Yesterday evening, Cinema City in Paris hosted the FIA Gala evening at which the traditional prize giving takes place to honour this year's world champions. For the third time in his four seasons with the Scuderia, Fernando Alonso was present as runner-up, a result that had left such a bitter taste in 2010 and 2012, when the title slipped from his grasp at the very last. This year however, the result was accepted calmly, given the clear superiority of the winners as....|