|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.
| DANIEL SET FOR SYDNEY SHOWDOWNMELBOURNE, Australia – To say that for Daniel Ricciardo the next couple of weeks are going to be massive is something of an understatement. Not only will Dan be making his first race weekend appearance for Infiniti Red Bull Racing on March 14, but he'll be doing it on home soil in Melbourne, where he'll undoubtedly be the center of attention.|
It won't be Dan's first appearance in one of our cars ahead of the opening race of the season. However, also this weekend, Daniel will be in Sydn....
| SEB AND DAN: 10 FAST FACTSMILTON KEYNES, UK – One is a four-time world champion. The other is the team's newest recruit, but it's their beginnings that show they're not as different as you might think.|
In less than a week's time, Seb and Dan will line up on the grid for the very first time together as teammates. They already have something in common, but scratch the surface a little deeper and it's plain to see that both our Red Bull Young Guns have shared a very similar path.
As such, we've gathered 10 fast....
| INFINITI SPONSORS MEDIA CENTER AT 2014 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE• Infiniti Pavilion Display to Feature 2014 Product Line and Specially Designed 2014 Q60 Convertible Celebrating Bobby Unser's 1968 Indianapolis 500 Win|
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – For the fourth consecutive year, Infiniti will support the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance by sponsoring the Media Center at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island March 7-9, 2014.
Infiniti's impressive Pavilion Display will share space at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach as more than 300 vintage, ....
| BOBBY UNSER INSPIRED INFINITI Q60 DEBUTS AT AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURSThe 19th annual Amelia Island Concours announced today that Infiniti will commemorate the event's Offenhauser celebration by wrapping a 2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible in the same color scheme as Bobby Unser's 1968 Indianapolis 500 winning racecar. To accompany the inspired Q60 Convertible, Infiniti will also display Unser's Offenhauser-powered Indy winning car, courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.|
The unique Infiniti Q60 convertible's wrap was created by the company....
|Bahrain Test - Day OneMERCEDES AMG PETRONAS began the third and final pre-season test at the Bahrain International Circuit today, with Nico Rosberg taking the wheel of the F1 W05. Nico's best time of 1:36.668 from 89 laps put him fourth on the time sheets.|
•Today's programme comprised long runs and a limited amount of setup evaluation in the morning, followed by race procedure work (including practice pit stops / starts) in the afternoon
•Nico emerged for his first run just after 09:30 local time, completing 64 l....
| SPECIAL TRAINING FOR ALONSODubai, 24 February – A day of mixed training for Fernando Alonso as part of an initiative organised by Scuderia Ferrari sponsor, Santander. The Maranello team's driver made himself available for filming and photography while going through a multi-discipline training programme. Fernando began with some cross training, based on the military style programme, which involved jumping in and out of tyres as quickly as possible. It's an exercise that works on reflexes and muscle tone.|
| INFINITI RED BULL RACING BAHRAIN TEST: DAY TWO UPDATEBAHRAIN – Seb posted a total of 59 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit on the second day of testing in the Gulf state, as the team made progress towards solving the reliability issues that have so far hampered our pre-season preparations.|
Afterwards, Seb said his latest spell at the wheel of the RB10 had ended on a positive note.
'Definitely a better day today,' he said. 'We did more laps, so that's encouraging. It's good to check the car, check the reliability, but obviously ....