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Sebastian Vettel celebrates the world title with Red Bull consultant it was offering a pretty good arrangement to the Renault-Nissan group. in F1 understand - met with Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. This victory was his first since the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in August -- 1, days, to be exact. This week, The Dashboard On The Road comes to you from the Tokyo Motor Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel wins his fourth consecutive .. in town for the Amgen Tour of California, swung by the newly-opened Nissan of San.
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Renault rejected it and started to look at buying back its old team, now called Lotus. Meanwhile, Red Bull had funded its own engine development programme with the British Ilmor company.
By early summer, it had produced a new engine design that it believed would be 0. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner left and company owner Dietrich Mateschitz Renault was doing its own parallel development. After being told about Ilmor's progress, Renault said its development engine was worth an extra 0. Later, that step forward was downgraded to 0. Red Bull is questioning whether that gain is worth the grid penalties using it would incur.
As this saga unfolded, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz decided he had had enough of Renault - and that he would not work with them any longer, even if it meant pulling out of F1.
That the Red Bull-Renault partnership will end after this season has not been officially announced, but it is an open secret within F1. Wolff shuts down deal As the Renault relationship collapsed, Red Bull began exploring other options. First on the list was Mercedes. Mateschitz - who has a longstanding antipathy towards Mercedes for a reason few in F1 understand - met with Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, a fellow Austrian, who is close to Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko.
Sebastian Vettel greets thousands of fans in Japan
There are differing versions of what happened at that meeting. One is that a deal for Red Bull to have Mercedes engines in was "effectively agreed".
Except Lauda is not empowered to make that decision. Another is that Lauda said he was pro the idea and would do all he could to persuade Mercedes to make it happen. Could Ferrari power once again sit behind a Red Bull driver?
Red Bull's problem was that Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff was very much against the idea - and he worked hard to make sure it did not happen. By early September, Wolff had got his way. Now, though, Red Bull had a problem. They had dumped Renault and Mercedes had said no.
Which only left Ferrari, whose engine in has improved dramatically and is as near as makes no real difference a match for Mercedes. No problem - Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne had said as long ago as June that he would be happy to supply Red Bull engines if they needed them. Renault, Red Bull, Toyota and Honda were all suggested in the media. Renault's Flavio Briatore stated that he would welcome Alonso's return to the French team. Alonso finished fourth and eighth in Australia and Malaysia respectively, fuelling rumours that Alonso would leave the team because he was disappointed with his Renault and was either moving to BMW SauberHonda or Toyota.
Honda rumours started when Alonso said in an interview that he felt there was something about Honda and he wanted to drive for them in and switching to Ferrari in Toyota said they were eager to give a top driver their seat. But the most likely place that Alonso would go was to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari inespecially in light of the general belief that there was an "out clause" in Fernando Alonso's contract with Renault which would give him the freedom to move to another team for the next season should he be able to secure a deal.
However Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo stated that Massa's seat in the team was secure and would stay that way until the end of his contract in InAlonso denied the "out clause" rumour. In the Bahrain Grand PrixLewis Hamilton ran into the back of Alonso's Renault, heavily damaging the rear wing of Alonso's car, as well as his own nosecone.
Stewards did not seek to investigate the incident but critics alleged he braked or did not accelerate as expected in front of Hamilton causing Hamilton to crash into him. He was running in fifth place when his engine blew on lap He praised his team after finishing sixth in the Turkish Grand Prixas he was behind the more competitive BMW cars at the end, and said that the result "confirms the progress we have made, and is thanks to the hard work of everyone in the team".
Alonso had been keeping pace with the BMW Saubers, who would eventually go on to record their maiden win with Robert Kubica after pitlane dramas plagued both Ferrari and McLaren. In FranceAlonso qualified behind the two Ferraris in third, aided by Lewis Hamilton 's grid penalty for the pit-lane accident in Canada. However, he was on a light fuel load, and his task was made much harder by being beaten by the slower Toyota of Jarno Trulli at the start.
He then faded back to seventh and towards the end of the race while catching Mark Webber's Red Bull he ran wide at the Adelaide hairpin and slipped behind teammate Piquet, Jr. Alonso finished sixth at Silverstonesaying that he had used up all of his available tyres for the unpredictable wet conditions, and that by using practically slick tyres towards the end, he lost a lot of time in certain places on the track. Despite qualifying fifth at the German Grand Prixhe finished in eleventh after spinning off whilst battling with the Williams of Nico Rosberg.
In the Hungarian Grand Prixhe finished in fourth place having started seventh, aided by Lewis Hamilton 's early puncture and Felipe Massa 's engine failing in the closing stages.
In the European Grand PrixAlonso performed strongly in all three practice sessions and the first round of qualifying. However, he failed to make it through the second round of qualifying, starting 12th.
During the opening lap of the race, Alonso was hit by Kazuki Nakajima in the rear wing of his car and sustained unrepairable damage to his gearbox, and was forced to retire from the race. In BelgiumAlonso ran in the top five for most of the race, but when heavy rain fell towards the end of the race, he gambled on pitting for wet tyres with one lap to go. He dropped four places, but a fast final lap saw him reclaim the lost spots, passing Kubica and Sebastian Vettel at the final corner.
In the Italian Grand PrixAlonso achieved his second consecutive fourth place, and allowed Renault to equal Toyota for fourth in the constructors standings. Alonso took a surprise victory at the Singapore Grand Prix. Alonso claimed his first victory and podium of the season by winning the Singapore Grand Prix. After performing strongly in practice, a fuel pressure problem in the second part of qualifying forced him to park the car, causing him to qualify 15th. In the race he started with a light fuel load on soft tyres, and pitted early when he realised that this would not be successful.
However, teammate Piquet crashed bringing out the safety car, which eliminated the lead of the frontrunners. When they pitted after the pit lane was reopened, they rejoined behind those who had already stopped. This moved Alonso up among top six, and he ultimately won the race, earning the 20th win and 50th podium of his career. In Septemberafter being dropped by Renault, Piquet said that the crash had been intentional and had been requested by Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds.
Alonso was declared to be innocent by the subsequent FIA investigation. Alonso carried his good form into the Japanese Grand Prixfor which he qualified fourth. In the last 2 races in China and BrazilAlonso scored a fourth and a second place respectively.
In the last eight races of the season Alonso scored 48 points, which was more than any other driver over the same period Massa scored 43 points and Hamilton scored 40 points. He finished the season fifth overall with 61 points, while also enabling Renault to finish fourth in the constructors standings with 80 points, ahead of fifth-placed Toyota.
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On 5 November, Flavio Briatore confirmed that Renault had agreed a two-year extension on Alonso's original contract, ending speculation about a supposed move to Ferrari, and a Renault contract "out-clause". For the second consecutive year, Nelson Piquet Jr.
In the Australian Grand Prix he avoided a first lap accident and benefited from the late safety car in the closing stages, deployed for Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel's collision, to finish fifth. Although pleased to score points, he was "disappointed" at how his KERS system worked during the race. He did not score points in Malaysia eleventh or China ninth, after he qualified in secondfinishing over a minute behind the race winner on both occasions.
Alonso finished seventh in Germany He finished eighth in the Bahrain Grand Prixdespite struggling with a broken drinks bottle during the race, which resulted in him collapsing with dehydration during a post-race TV interview.
In Spain he spent most of the race in sixth despite an exciting battle with Mark Webber early on, before capitalising on Felipe Massa backing off with fuel conservation worries on the last lap, and going on to finish fifth.
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In Monacohe benefited from the retirements of Heikki Kovalainen and Sebastian Vettel to score two points for seventh after a steady performance from ninth on the grid. He failed to score any points in Turkeyas he was unable to keep pace with the frontrunners, and struggled on to finish tenth, while in Britainhe lost places at the start, and got stuck behind Nick Heidfeld early on.
Despite some good fights, especially with former teammate Lewis Hamiltonthe poor pace of his car meant he was always likely to struggle for points and finished in 14th, two places behind teammate Piquet.
Woods brought it all to life over four days at East Lake, and the players who have dominated during his absence caught the full brunt of it. Rose faded late, despite the birdie on the 18th. All that was left was the year-old Woods in that Sunday red shirt blazing brighter than ever and a smile he couldn't shake walking up to collect another trophy.
That was when he was regularly winning multiple times every season, compiling trophies at a rate never before seen in golf. Was anything different having gone more than five years without winning? Rose had said it was a bit more unknown, and "there's a lot on it for him" as well as everyone else. But this was still Woods' arena. The walk from the putting green snakes some 80 yards across the road and through a gallery, and everyone could hear him coming from the procession of cheering.
No one brings excitement like Woods, even when he plays so good and so smart that he eliminates any potential for drama.