Following a difficult start of the year with the McLaren-Honda Formula One Team, Fernando Alonso announced Wednesday that he will skip the Monaco grand prix on Memorial Day weekend and race for Andretti motorsport at the Indianapolis 500.
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Haas F1 Team Announces Lead Driver
(KANNAPOLIS, NC – SEP 29, 2015 – RIS) In a press conference at the new Haas F1 headquarters, team principles Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner announced the team's first driver: 29-year-old Romain Grosjean. Currently in his fifth season with the Lotus F1 team, Grosjean has competed in 78 Grands Prix, with ten podiums, most recently at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.
LONG BEACH ePRIX TO RETURN APRIL 2, 2016
(July 14, 2015) – RIS- The Long Beach ePrix will return to the city streets on Saturday, April 2, 2016.
The FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) World Motor Sport Council recently approved the calendar for the second season of the FIA Formula E Championship, with Long Beach scheduled as the sixth of 11 rounds in the series. Overall, 10 venues will host Formula E events, with the 2015-16 season beginning once again in Beijing on Oct. 17.
Montezemolo: “Alonso the best driver in the world”
This morning, during an interview with respected Australian motoring journalist Peter Robinson, who was in Maranello to test drive the LaFerrari, President Luca di Montezemolo also dealt with questions relating to the current situation within the Scuderia. Specifically, he spoke about rumours concerning Alonso. “Fernando is the best driver in the world, who always gives 200% in the races,” he said. “He knows how much I count on him, even away from the race track, in terms of his contribution and the impetus he gives to the team. I think it’s incredible that there are still some so-called experts who don't understand that and are always looking for a polemical situation that simply doesn't exist”.
MONZA, Italy-RIS- Despite having gearbox issues towards the end of the race, Sebastian Vettel managed to hold off a charging Fernando Alonso Sunday afternoon by 5.4 seconds to win the Grand prix of Italy at Monza. Mark Webber, in his final grand prix race in Europe, finished in third.
MONZA, Italy- R.I.S.- After dominating the entire Friday and Saturday of taking fastest practice sessions, Sebastian Vettel moved closer to extending his lead in the formula one world championship by taking a recorded 1:23:755 fastest lap to achieve pole position for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Italy at Monza.
SPA-FRANCHOCHAMPS, Belgium- Only yards after the start of the beginning of Sunday’s Shell Grand Prix of Belgium, Sebastian Vettel overtook pole sitter Lewis Hamilton after Eau Rouge corner and held the lead for the rest of the race, winning by 16.8 seconds over Fernando Alonso with Hamilton taking third.
SPA-FRANCHORCHAMPS, Belgium (RIS)- As the final driver up the last straight in the last qualifying session Saturday afternoon, Lewis Hamilton recorded a last second 2:01:012 to take pole position for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Belgium at this legendary circuit. For the Briton, it was his fourth pole in a row and the 31st of his career. Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished second and third, respectively.
Sebastian Vettel will start the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi from the pit lane tomorrow after his car was discovered to be without sufficient fuel for technical inspection after the qualifying session. The loss of position takes away the advantage he had over championship contender Fernando Alonso who starts sixth.
If anyone could say that Sebastian Vettel could win the 2012 world title, many critics would have said that during the F1 summer break that this was impossible. However, many observers realized that just a year ago, Sebastian Vettel was on top of the world in the Formula One World Championship. The German from the region of Heppenheim had won nearly half of the races and achieved his second straight World drivers title with ease.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-After joining the Lotus Renault team at the start of the season after an absence from the sport for one full year, Kimi Raikkonen finally received his first win for his squad as the Finn triumphed Sunday evening at the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi by holding off the challenge of Fernando Alonso by eight tenths of a second. Even more amazing was Series leader Sebastian Vettel, who started in last place after a penalty in qualifying, and took the last podium spot in third. Vettel now keeps his lead over Alonso in the standings by 10 points with two races to go.
INTERLAGOS, Brazil-After winning the opening race in Australia back in March, Jenson Button ended the last season race in Brazil under light rain and an advantage on lap 55 when Nico Hulkenberg struck Lewis Hamilton, to win his third Grand Prix Sunday at Interlagos. Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa took second and third respectively, but by finishing sixth, Sebastian Vettel clinched his third world drivers’ championship one week after his Red Bull team clinched the constructor’s title.
AUSTIN, Texas-Back in 2007, Lewis Hamilton won the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis, which was the last time the country held a formula one race. On Sunday at the inaugural race at Austin, Texas, Hamilton took the honors again, by passing series leader Sebastian Vettel with 14 laps to go. Fernando Alonso took third, and trails Vettel by 13 points with the final race of the 2012 season next weekend in Brazil.
YEOGNAM, South Korea-After trailing then series leader Fernando Alonso by nearly 20 points a few races ago, Sebastian Vettel continued to dominate his attempt to win a third consecutive world driving championship by dominating the Korean Grand Prix Sunday afternoon in Yeognam . The German won his third race in a row by 8.2 seconds over his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber with Alonso taking third. Vettel now leads the championship for the first time this season by six points with four races remaining.
SINGAPORE-Following a race of many retirements, and a couple of safety car moments, Sebastian Vettel regained his form by taking the Singtel Grand Prix of Singapore Sunday night, ahead of second place Jenson Button and now climbs to second place in the standings, just 29 points behind Fernando Alonso, who finished third.
BUDDH, India-Despite starting well and running with a front wing that was nearly scrapping the ground, Sebastian Vettel easily won the Indian Grand Prix Sunday at New Dehli from start to finish to give the defending world champion his fourth win in a row and extend his lead in the Formula One World Championship over Fernando Alonso, who finished in second 9.4 seconds behind. Mark Webber narrowly held off Lewis Hamilton to take third.
SUZUKA, Japan- After starting the season below par following two previous world titles, Sebastian Vettel proved that with only five races to go in the Formula One World Championship, he became the first driver this season to win two races in a row as the German won the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at Suzuka easily by over 20 seconds ahead of Felipe Massa. Kamui Kobyaschi narrowly took third in front of his home crowd over Jenson Button. The win now puts Vettel within four points of Fernando Alonso in the championship.
After many weeks of speculation, that saw Lewis Hamilton become the media icon from tweeting unpleasant things on his phone to not seeming to be too excited on his Italian Grand Prix victory, the 27 year old Englishman shocked many last Friday by announcing that he will leave McLaren at the end of the season and join German and close friend Nico Rosberg at Mercedes in a three year deal.
SILVERSTONE, England- After two weeks of enjoying a satisfying win in front of his home crowd in Spain, Fernando Alonso avoided a heavily wet track, along with an hour and a half rain delay to post a 1:51:746 in the final qualifying session.to take pole for Sunday’s British Grand Prix. It was Alonso’s first pole of the season, and his third at this track. Mark Webber had a great last second flying lap to take second, while Michael Schumacher improved on his third place finish at the last race by taking third.
HOCKENHEIM, Germany- Even the second and third qualifying sessions with heavy water on the track did not stop Fernando Alonso from taking the fastest time in qualifying Saturday afternoon as the Spaniard recorded a 1: 40: 621 to take pole for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Germany at the Hockenheimring. Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished second and third, respectively.
SILVERSTONE, England- With the rain continuing all day in Friday practice in preparation for Sunday’s British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton gave the home fans a little bit to cheer about as the McLaren Mercedes driver lapped the historic circuit in session two with a 1:56:345 to set the fastest lap of the day.
HOCKENHEIM, Germany- With his second pole position in a row the previous day, Fernando Alonso only had to lose his lead once because of a pit stop, but took the lead once again and dominated the Grand Prix of Germany at the Hockenheimring on Sunday afternoon to win his third consecutive race and increase his lead in the Formula One World Championship. Sebastian Vettel took second when he passed Jenson Button with only two laps to go.
SPA-FRANCHORCHAMPS, Belgium- Following a rather poor showing in the season after his opening season win in Australia last March; Jenson Button finally turned the tables by taking Sunday afternoon his second win in a lights to flag victory at the Grand Prix of Belgium at the Spa Franchorchamps Circuit. Sebastian Vettel took second after starting in 11th position, while Kimi Raikkonen finished in third.
BUDAPEST, Hungary-Fending off a last minute challenge by Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton capped off a spectacular weekend by winning the Grand Prix of Hungary Sunday afternoon at the Hungaroring. France’s Romain Grosjean, who started second on the grid, finished third just seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel.
HOCKENHEIM, Germany- Following the past couple of races when things just have not gone right, Jenson Button and Pastor Maldonado led the fastest times in Friday practices respectively on a wet track for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Germany at the Hockenheimring.
SILVERSTONE, England- Just as it seemed that Fernando Alonso looked like he would win his second consecutive race and his second straight British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday afternoon, Mark Webber accelerated from being in second place most of the day, and passed the Spaniard with just four laps to go to win his second race of the season. Defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel was third.
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MONZA, Italy- After seeing his McLaren Mercedes teammate Jenson Button win the last Grand Prix race a week ago in Belgium, Lewis Hamilton won the pole the previous day, and dominated the race to win the Grand Prix of Italy at the famous Monza circuit Sunday. Sergio Perez led a last minute charge to finish second, while tifosi hero Fernando Alonso took third and now leads by 13 points in the world championship over Hamilton with seven races to go.
VALENCIA, Spain- Despite having won the Grand Prix of Europe for the last two years, Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time at this track in Friday practice with a recorded 1:39:334 in preparation for Sunday’s race at this street circuit.
MONTREAL, Canada- After having a relative practice day on Friday, Sebastian Vettel came out swinging to dominate the opening two qualifying sessions and posted a 1:13:784 final lap time to win his second pole of the season. Lewis Hamilton was in second, and Fernando Alonso came third in an improved Ferrari.
MONTREAL, Canada- Lewis Hamilton has been kind to Canada and Canada has always been kind to Lewis Hamilton. And despite last season’s non- race day finish, the Englishman proved on Sunday afternoon at the Grand Prix of Canada that he can still make things work, as he became the seventh different race winner of the year at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Lotus driver Romain Grosjean finally found his form and took second, while Mexican Sergio Perez finished his Sauber on the podium for the second time this season in third.
MONTREAL, Canada- For the last two seasons here at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton has achieved maximum results, with one race win, two poles and an unexpected retirement in the event, but on Friday afternoon, the Briton dominated both practices in preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Canada in Montreal.
VALENCIA, Spain- While his nation celebrated their national soccer team reaching the semi- finals of the European championships the night before, Home hero Fernando Alonso began the Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia, Spain Sunday from 11th position, made his way up the field, and took advantage of the retirements of Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean to win by 6.4 seconds over Kimi Raikkonen and lead the World Formula One driving Championship after eight rounds. After making a comeback in the sport two years ago, Michael Schumacher finally got his reward for all his patience by finishing in third.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco- Despite having to be moved back to the fifth grid slot because of an incident with Bruno Senna two weeks ago in Spain, Michael Schumacher set a fast lap time at the very last second to win his first pole position Saturday at the Grand Prix of Monaco in Monte Carlo. For the former seven time world champion, it was his 69th pole of his career and his first since the 2006 French Grand Prix. Mark Webber finished in second, and officially, the Australian will start in first on race day, while Schumacher’s teammate, Nico Rosberg took third.
BARCELONA, Spain- Ever since their last victory in 2004, Team Williams was hoping for something that would give their cash-strapped team a boost. On Sunday afternoon at the Grand Prix of Spain at the Circuit de Catalunya, Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado gave the team this wish by just edging home hero Fernando Alonso to win his first and his nation’s maiden race. Kimi Raikkonen, after a last pit stop, made up seconds and just finished in third by six tenths of a second behind Alonso.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco- After taking advantage of pole position through a penalty by Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber took the race lead on lap 47, and managed to hold off a line of cars on a damp Sunday afternoon to win his second Grand Prix of Monaco in Monte Carlo. Nico Rosberg was second in his Mercedes, while Fernando Alonso placed third in his Ferrari and now holds a three point lead over both Webber and Sebastian Vettel in the World Championship standings.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco- A huge amount of smoke in the tunnel, followed by a late shower headlined Thursday practice for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Monaco, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button setting the fastest times in the opening two sessions, respectively.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, VIDAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Driver Michael Andretti and longtime Indianapolis 500 Chief Starter Pat Vidan are the 2012 inductees to the Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony is Thursday, May 24 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
SHANGHAI, China- One day after he took his team’s first pole in six decades, Nico Rosberg followed up on Sunday by taking his maiden and the manufacturer’s first win since 1955 by dominating the Grand Prix of China at the Shanghai International circuit. In a huge fight for the last two podiums, McLaren teammates Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton took second and third places, respectively.
SHANGHAI, China- For the first time in a formula one race since 1955, when five time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio put his Mercedes on pole position at Monza, Nico Rosberg took the German marquee’s next step on Saturday by taking the fastest time in qualifying for Sunday’s Grand Prix of China at the Shanghai International Circuit. Lewis Hamilton finished second, and Rosberg’s Mercedes teammate Michael Schumacher took third.