Sutil’s 100th grand prix ends in retirement

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Adrian Sutil has reached a big landmark in his Formula One career by lining up on the grid for the 100th time in Hungary this weekend, but it has sadly ended in retirement from the race at the Hungaroring.

The German driver’s race came to an end on lap 20 of the race thanks to a hydraulic failure that meant he could not select a gear in the pit lane.

Sutil has spent his entire career with Force India (and in their previous incarnation as Spyker), scoring 118 points and claiming one fastest lap over the course of his century of races. Although he is yet to finish on the podium, Sutil has certainly impressed many in recent years by becoming a regular finisher in the top ten.

“It’s hard to believe how quickly time goes by! It’s a big milestone, for sure, but in the end it doesn’t really change anything,” Sutil said ahead of the race weekend. “My goals remain the same as when I started my first event and that’s to win races. I still love the sport and I hope I can continue to drive these amazing cars for a long time.”

This DNF continues Sutil’s run of not scoring points at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.