Flavio Briatore sees no reason to return to F1

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Flavio Briatore is not planning on making a return to Formula One in the near future despite protesting his innocence over the alleged race fixing at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

The former supremo worked with Benetton and Renault during his stint in Formula One, helping to launch the careers of Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso. However, he walked away from the sport following the race fixing scandal which saw Nelson Piquet Jr. crash on purpose in order to allow Alonso to win the race for Renault. In an interview with F1 Racing, Briatore has reinforced his innocence over the matter.

“There was no proof that I was involved in Singapore. Which is the reason I won in court. I’ve nothing more to say; I said it already at the time.”

Briatore also said that he had no trouble staying away from the sport, and that he would not be making a return any time soon.

“I was in Formula 1 for 20 years, won seven championships with two different teams, discovered the two big stars after Ayrton Senna: Schumi and Fernando.

“I know everything that’s going on and I know to have a team at this moment makes no sense financially. So, there is no reason for me to come back to F1.”

Quite whether Briatore really is done with F1 or not remains to be seen, but he does not appear to be burning to make a comeback.

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.”