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Sebastian Vettel is the 2013 F1™ World Champion

Sebastian Vettel is the 2013 F1™ World Champion

Oct 28, 2013

GREATER NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh, India – Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth consecutive World Drivers’ Championship title with a comprehensive victory at the Indian Grand Prix, finishing almost half a minute ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean.

After crossing the line to become just the fourth driver in F1 history to win four titles, Vettel admitted he could not express what the feat meant.

I crossed the line, I was empty. I took ages thinking about something today, he admitted. It’s one of these moments you wish to say so many things but you can’t. The car was phenomenal today. It was phenomenal all season to be honest.

I couldn’t ask for more. I want to say a big thank you to the team. For sure it was not an easy season, even if people from the outside get that idea.

Vettel’s race boiled down to a battle with teammate Mark Webber, with the Red Bull pair on different strategies. Starting from pole on soft tires, Vettel held his lead as the lights went out but pitted after just two laps for the more durable medium tires.

As the other soft-tire starters did the same, Webber, who started fourth on medium tires, took the lead. But Vettel had the edge, rejoining P17 and scything his way through the field to close the gap on Webber.

After their final pit stops, Webber was P4, 12.5 seconds adrift of the German on the same tires, and that was the victory decided. Webber was still looking set for second place, but an alternator problem ended his afternoon early.

Rosberg, who had started on the front row beside Vettel, put in a solid performance to claim second. The team did a fantastic strategy and, yeah, second place, I’m pleased with that. Important for us to have a normal weekend, so a lot of points and giving Ferrari a run for their money in the Constructors’ [Championship].

Grosjean enjoyed a superb afternoon. Having started 17th after an error in qualifying, the Frenchman made a different one-stop strategy work beautifully to climb to third, passing teammate Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages.

I would not have bet a penny on me being on the podium today, said Grosjean afterwards. But the race pace was really there. We did a very brave strategy, and it paid off.

We’re back on the podium and it’s quite amazing from where we started.

Raikkonen was also passed by Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and then Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez – the McLaren driver eventually taking a useful fifth place ahead of the second Mercedes.

Raikkonen settled for seventh place. Behind him, Paul Di Resta finished eighth, ahead of teammate Adrian Sutil. The final point on offer was claimed by Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel’s victory also meant that Red Bull Racing clinched a fourth consecutive Formula One Constructors’ Championship with three races in hand.

Sebastian Vettel’s Vital Statistics:

Crunching the Numbers of Sebastian Vettel’s Stellar Career so Far

Victory at the 2013 Indian Grand Prix saw Sebastian Vettel take his place among the legends of Formula One as he won the Drivers’ Championship for the fourth year in a row. Buddh International Circuit was the scene of a double celebration for Infiniti Red Bull Racing as the team picked up a fourth consecutive Constructors’ Championship.

Seb now stands alongside all-time greats Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher. Meanwhile, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s achievements see the team build on a legacy that will be discussed by Motorsport fans for years to come.

The following stats tell the remarkable success story shared by Seb, the team and their legion of supporters around the globe.

Sebastian Vettel’s Record Book

Sebastian set two new records on his debut as a test driver at the Turkish Grand Prix in 2006. He set the fastest lap of the day, becoming the youngest driver to do so, and he became the youngest driver to pick up a fine from the FIA after speeding in the pitlane.

Seb got his first Formula One outing at the 2007 United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The first of his 117 Race Starts (26 before Red Bull Racing, 91 with) saw the 19-year-old become the youngest ever driver to score a championship point.

36 Wins (35 for Red Bull Racing, 1 for Toro Rosso)

59 Podiums (including wins)

Among Seb’s collection of 43 Pole Positions is the 15 he achieved in the 2011 Formula One season. This still stands as a record for the most poles achieved by a driver in a single season. The 2011 season also saw Seb set another record with 739 – the most laps led by a driver in a season.

21 Fastest Laps

1379 Points

Seb’s four Drivers’ Championships (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) sees him join Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as the only men to have won four consecutive championships. The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver is the youngest-ever quadruple Champion.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Record Book

The 2013 Formula One season marks Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s ninth year in the sport. Red Bull Racing first won the Constructors’ Championship in 2010 and has retained the title ever since, claiming it in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The team is the third to win four consecutive Constructors’ Championships, joining McLaren (’88, ’89, ’90, ’91) and Ferrari (’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04).

On the road towards all this success, there have been 44 Race Wins for the team, from Seb’s latest in India back to his first for the team at the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix. There has been a total of 98 Podium Finishes achieved by the team’s drivers.

54 Poles

2334.5 Points

Constructors’ Championships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and now 2013 combined with Seb’s four Drivers’ Championships make it a total of eight World Championships won by the team.

Bonus Stat: Seb’s win in India puts him on 322 points in the Drivers’ Championships. Ferrari are Infiniti Red Bull Racing closest rival in the Constructors’ Championships with a total of 313 points.

Infiniti Reveals Q30 Concept at IAA Frankfurt Motor Show

Infiniti Reveals Q30 Concept at IAA Frankfurt Motor Show

10/09/13

FRANKFURT, Germany – Infiniti today revealed the next step in its strategy to expand into new premium segments with the debut of the Q30 Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The sleek, seductive Q30 Concept is the design vision for a compact Infiniti vehicle with a contemporary, individualized character for a new generation of premium customers. The global compact premium segment is forecast for significant growth with the entry of young-minded affluent customers.

“We are becoming the younger, trendsetting brand, more relevant and more exciting,” said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. “Infiniti Q50, and now the Q30 Concept, deliver on this promise.”

De Nysschen was joined by Alfonso Albaisa, the brand’s Executive Design Director, who described Q30 Concept as a vehicle defying categorization. A unique blend of features reminiscing of a coupe, a hatch and a crossover, the Q30 Concept is designed to appeal to younger customers who are less likely to follow tradition and desire to disrupt convention to create their own unique experiences.

By the end of this decade, Gen X and Gen Y will represent 80 percent of buyers in the premium segment, bringing new, more contemporary expectations for premiumness.

Infiniti designers had the freedom to explore bolder, even more sensual sculpting, enhanced muscularity and playfulness, reflecting Infiniti’s approach as the seductive alternative to traditional premium automobile brands.

Infiniti Q30 Concept is the design precursor for Infiniti’s future compact premium entry. Infiniti has previously announced plans to produce a compact model in Sunderland, United Kingdom, starting in 2015.

In addition to unveiling the Q30 Concept, de Nysschen announced start of sales for the all-new Infiniti Q50 sports sedan in Europe. The vehicle will go on sale as of mid-November.

During today’s press conference, de Nysschen also presented Infiniti’s Director of Performance, three-times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel, a special helmet to use in testing engineering prototypes of the future compact premium model – the first Infiniti model he will influence from its inception.

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Infiniti Releases First Image of Sleek, Seductive Q30 Concept Ahead of World Premiere at Frankfurt Motor Show

Infiniti Releases First Image of Sleek, Seductive Q30 Concept Ahead of World Premiere at Frankfurt Motor Show

8/27/2013

Hong Kong – Infiniti has provided a first look at the Q30 Concept, which will have its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as the next step in Infiniti’s foray into new premium segments.

The Infiniti Q30 Concept signals the contemporary design vision for a compact Infiniti vehicle, which will target a new generation of premium customers. It is set to be unveiled at Infiniti’s press conference, scheduled for 10:15 am CET on September 10 in Hall 5 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Q30 Concept embodies Infiniti’s vision to deliver head-turning design, innovative materials with precise fit and finish and passionate craftsmanship, while provoking a radical shift in the premium compact segment.

The shape of the Infiniti Q30 Concept deliberately challenges categorisation – not a coupe, not a hatch and not a crossover but a fusion of the three. It is designed for customers seeking an alternative to traditional premium compact vehicles and open to convention-challenging approaches.

Infiniti is confident this merging of the dynamic design and sportiness of a coupe, the roominess of a hatch and the higher stance of a crossover will resonate with these customers.

The Q30 Concept design language reflects the brand’s vision to deliver new levels of design, materials, fit and finish, craftsmanship and performance. The Infiniti design team, led by Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa, has explored bolder, sensual sculpting and enhanced muscularity with the Q30 Concept as the brand’s design language continues to evolve.

The Q30 Concept signals the next step in an aggressive strategy to extend the Infiniti brand into new premium segments.

Infiniti Unveils All-New 2014 Q50 at Detroit Auto Show

Infiniti Unveils All-New 2014 Q50 at Detroit Auto Show

Jan 14, 2013

Infiniti made the global debut of its all-new luxury sports Q50 Sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 14, 2013.

The highly anticipated roll out of the all-new Q50 is a significant step in the evolution of Infiniti’s new design language.

With its fluid shape, sweeping elegance and sculpted bodylines, it introduces a seductive design unlike any Infiniti to date.

The Q50’s bold exterior, matched with its performance capabilities such as the digital steering and zero-lift aerodynamics, are sure to thrill the world’s most astute drivers.

What will truly set the Q50 apart is the way it takes personalisation of the ride into new dimensions. Intuitive technology that fully adapts to the needs and moods of the driver produces supremely agile road performance.

It also allows drivers to connect, control and customise their digital lives seamlessly from within and without missing a beat.

Infiniti to debut All-New model, Q50 at 2013 North American International Auto Show

Infiniti to debut All-New model, Q50 at 2013 North American International Auto Show

December 28, 2012

Infiniti announced today it will unveil an all-new luxury sports sedan, January 14, at the brand’s North American International Auto Show press conference, following a special performance by Cirque du Soleil.

For those not able to attend the press conference in Detroit, Infiniti will host a live stream of the event at InfinitiUSA.com and on the brand’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/Infiniti.

Today’s announcement comes as the luxury brand undergoes a new era of inspiration, growing its market share with the strategic expansion of its business worldwide under the helm of new leadership, Infiniti’s president Johan de Nysschen.In addition to the January 14 unveiling, de Nysschen will present his vision for the brand in a speech that outlines a new direction for Infiniti in the years to come.

Infiniti made a number of strategic changes in 2012, including relocating its global headquarters to a new state-of-the-art facility in Hong Kong. The move in May was followed by the appointment in July of de Nysschen as the brand’s new president.

Since then, Infiniti has recorded U.S. sales increases year-over-year of 20.6 percent through October, pointing to a strong finish for 2012 and an even stronger start to 2013.

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