James Calado thankful for test opportunity

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British youngster James Calado has thanked Force India for giving him a chance to test at Silverstone this week following two strong days of running.

The GP2 driver finished in 6th place today, but he has admitted that it was a big step up from his regular series which supports some of the rounds on the F1 calendar.

“It has been fantastic to get an opportunity to drive this week,” Calado said in a team statement. “It’s another world compared to what I am used to with so much to learn and so many names to remember!

“Yesterday was more about getting comfortable with the car and today I was able to do a bigger programme with some aero work. The team also gave me the chance to try some pit stop practice, which was good experience.”

Calado also explained how proud he was to drive a Formula One car at Silverstone, with the track being focal for British interest in the sport ever since 1950.

“As a British driver it has been amazing to drive a Formula One car at my home track – it’s certainly a memory that will stay with me,” he explained. “The car is just phenomenal – the high speed grip, the brakes and the g-forces. I’m really happy with how things have gone and I hope the work we’ve done will help the race drivers in Hungary.”

Calado will return to his duties with ART Grand Prix in the GP2 championship at the Hungaroring, currently lying 5th in the championship.

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.”