More DRS at Hungarian Grand Prix

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The FIA has increased the length of track on which drivers can use DRS at the Hungaroring ahead of this weekend’s race.

Overtaking has always been difficult at the Hungarian track and it is hoped this year’s changes will remedy that.

In addition to the previous DRS zone on the start/finish straight, drivers will also be able to activate their rear wings at the exit of turn one, for the short straight leading to turn two.

A single detection point will be used for the two zones, located at the penultimate corner. A driver who is within one second of the car in front will then be able to deploy DRS through both of the zones.

Whether that will be sufficient for them to overtake could prove decisive in this weekend’s race. Last year Lewis Hamilton won despite coming under pressure from Kimi Raikkonen, as the Lotus driver was unable to get close enough to attempt a pass.

However Raikkonen believes the usual policy of qualifying at the front and staying there will be the best ticket to victory at the Hungaroring:

“I have finished second in Hungary too many times, so I know how important it is to lead the race after the first corner,” he said. “DRS or not, it’s never easy to overtake at the Hungaroring.”

“To get the weekend right, you have to have good sessions in FP1, FP2 and FP3, then a strong qualifying session and finally a perfect start to the race.”

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.”