Valtteri Bottas maximizing potential of FW35 car

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Starting P15 may not be ideal for any driver, but Valtteri Bottas believes that he did all he could in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Williams rookie squeezed through Q1 after setting the exact same time as his teammate Pastor Maldonado, but Bottas went through after he crossed the line earlier in the session. He admitted that he was fortunate to make it through.

“I had a bit of traffic in Q1 so I was quite lucky to get through given that one or two tenths can be the difference between progressing to Q2 or not,” Bottas said in a team statement.

“I put a good lap together in Q2, the best lap I’ve driven here this weekend, so I’m pleased about that.”

The Williams FW35 has proved troublesome for the team in 2013, with the team yet to score any points, but Bottas is fired up for the race tomorrow.

“I feel I got everything out of the car today but tomorrow will be a long race in these conditions, so I will be ready to challenge right from the start.”

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Williams will be disappointed to have not got both cars into Q2 at any race so far this season, and with his teammate outqualifying him here, the pressure may be on Pastor Maldonado upon Formula One’s return to the site of his first grand prix victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.

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.”