Sauber’s new car passes homologation test, now it just needs drivers

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Sauber has officially passed the 2014 homologation test with its new C33 chassis. Good news for the veteran Swiss team.

“The chassis of the C33 has passed all static and dynamic tests of the FIA and is officially homologated. The rear crash test, which is not part of the chassis homologation, will take place separately at a later date, as usual,” the team revealed via Twitter this a.m.

Things the team did not reveal? Any trace of the car itself (as could be expected), or anyone who will drive it in 2014.

There’s four potential candidates for the team’s two seats, with Adrian Sutil and Sergey Sirotkin appearing the most likely pairing at this point according to various media reports. Sirotkin still needs approval for his FIA Superlicence, and if that happens he’ll join Russian countryman and fellow rookie Daniil Kvyat on the grid.

Others who remain in play are 2013 Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez and as of this morning, Sutil’s 2013 Force India teammate Paul di Resta. Di Resta though, said his manager had only a brief chat with Sauber, and that he’s likely leaning toward DTM.

Sergio Perez, Sauber driver in 2011-’12, appears headed to Force India to replace di Resta alongside Nico Hulkenberg, who was confirmed last week.

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.”