Rosberg moving on from team orders debacle

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Nico Rosberg has moved on from the team orders debacle in Malaysia, claiming that it is “all sorted” with Mercedes.

Rosberg was told to remain behind his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, in the dying stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix despite being far quicker. Hamilton had dropped off the pace to save fuel, but team principal Ross Brawn told Rosberg to hold position thus handing Hamilton third place.

“We have discussed it and it is all sorted for the future which is important.

“The difficulty was that we hadn’t really discussed them before hand – that is the mistake that we made. So it is important going forward that everything is discussed and then whichever way it goes, if I’m in front and Lewis is behind and he respects that and vice-versa, then it is OK.”

Rosberg did protest over the radio, telling Brawn after the race that he would “remember this.” The German driver was more reflective in the FIA press conference though, saying that Mercedes would learn from the incident.

“As long as we are prepared for it and it is discussed well and understood then that is the important thing and that is a mistake we made as a team.”

Rosberg and Mercedes claimed their first win at last year’s Chinese Grand Prix, making this weekend extra special for all involved with the German team.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”