Ferrari endures miserable home race, scoring two points

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At the team’s biggest race weekend of the year, Scuderia Ferrari has suffered its worst result of the 2014 season so far by scoring just two points at its home event.

The Italian Grand Prix welcomes tens of thousands of Ferrari supporters through its gates, making the grandstands a sea of Maranello red. However, in the race on Sunday, Fernando Alonso was forced to retire whilst Kimi Raikkonen could score just two points for ninth place.

Speaking to the media after the race, Alonso made no secret of how disappointed he was following an ERS failure on his car.

“Obviously we are not happy with the result in front of our people,” the Spaniard said. “To have a mechanical failure is never nice, because the team is working very hard.

“The guys are working day and night to give us the best car possible, and when there are some parts of the car that cannot finish the race, that is a hard moment for the boys.”

Alonso admitted that it was difficult to have underperformed in front of Ferrari’s home fans, but thanked them for their love and support.

“For the team and secondly for the fans, we were not giving them any special result unfortunately,” he said. “Yesterday, we were not fast enough, and today we were struggling around position seven, eight, nine, whatever.

“This was not our goal, but it’s the way it is at the moment.We cannot do much more than this.

“I feel sad for them but also very thankful for all of the support that we had. We’ve been in a difficult season, but nevertheless, from Thursday here, everyone was supporting us, everyone was cheering for us. We felt that.

“We felt this love for our team, in the good moments and in the bad moments. Unfortunately we didn’t give them this support.”

The team has dropped down to fourth place in the constructors’ championship behind Williams, whose cars finished third and fourth on Sunday at Monza. However, Ferrari will be looking to hit back at the Singapore Grand Prix, given that the Marina Bay Street Circuit should be better suited to the F14 T car.

Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman said told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.