|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.
|‘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....
|THE STEERING WHEEL OF THE PORSCHE 919 HYBRID – A MULTIFUNCTIONAL CONTROL CENTERFIA World Endurance Championship, LMP1 Technology|
Stuttgart. Setting the direction is the most trivial task of the steering wheel in the Porsche 919 Hybrid. The drivers of the Class 1 Le Mans prototypes in the FIA World Endurance Championship have a computer in their hands. They operate 24 buttons and switches on the front as well as six paddles on the reverse side to control the most complex racing car built by Porsche to date.
Although it is called a steering wheel, it is n....
|INFINITI BRINGS FORMULA ONE CAR, DRIVERS AND INFINITI Q50 EAU ROUGE TO THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN AUSTINChampionship F1™ car and Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge to be driven by Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel down Congress Avenue|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. brings the sights, sounds and smells of international Formula One racing to downtown Austin, Texas on October 29, as Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and four-time F1 World Champion driver Sebastian Vettel will drive Vettel's 2011 Championship Formula One car an....
|INFINITI Q70 SECURES 'GOOD' RATING AND 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ AWARD FROM INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETYNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Infiniti Q70 sedan has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) highest rating of 'good' for its performance in the institute's small overlap front crash test, and when equipped with its optional front crash prevention system the Q70 has been awarded a TOP SAFETY PICK+.|
The Infiniti Q70's 'good' rating applies to the 2014-15 Q70 as well as the 2013 Infiniti M. The vehicles also received good ratings in the IIHS' four other crashworthiness evalua....
|INFINITI REPORTS U.S. SALES FOR SEPTEMBER 2014NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Infiniti today reported U.S. sales of 7,837 vehicles in September.|
Sales of the Infiniti Q50 sport sedan, which had its first full month of deliveries last September, were up 15.8 percent for the month. Infiniti's sport sedans, which include also include the G37, were up 23.4 percent for the year.
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. It....
|INFINITI'S GLOBAL GROWTH PLANS GATHER PACEHONG KONG – Since establishing its global headquarters in Hong Kong and inaugurating Infiniti Motor Company Limited, Infiniti has taken decisive steps to strengthen its brand presence and globalize its business.|
The relocation to Hong Kong means Infiniti is strategically placed for growth in emerging luxury markets such as China while remaining closely connected to the west.
An experienced management team has been assembled comprising leading multi-national executives from stand-out....
|THE Q80 INSPIRATION: A BRAVE STATEMENT OF INTENT◾Aggressively-proportioned Q80 Inspiration marks Infiniti's first foray into the premium sedan category|
◾Autonomous driving technology, human-centric interiors and bold design highlights Infiniti's creative approach to the segment
◾Smart, eco-friendly hybrid powertrain hints at future engine and powertrain expansion
HONG KONG – Infiniti's first foray into the upper echelons of the premium sedan category comes in the alluring shape of the Q80 Inspiration – a bold concept that hints a....
|Renault Sport F1 - Italian Grand Prix race reportInfiniti Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo showed good performance to race to a strong fifth in today's Italian Grand Prix. Daniel overtook four cars in less than 10 laps to secure fifth and consolidate his third position in the drivers' championship. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished just behind in sixth having run in fourth for a long period of the race.|
Scuderia Toro Rosso claimed 11th with Daniil Kvyat and 13th with Jean-Eric Vergne, while Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean finished ....