Ricciardo fights back to finish fourth (VIDEO)

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Daniel Ricciardo has finally ended his luckless run of form after finishing fourth in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix, with the result marking his best ever finish in Formula 1 and his first points for Red Bull.

The Australian driver did finish his home grand prix in second place at the beginning of the season, but he was then disqualified after his car was found to have exceeded the fuel flow limit. The team has appealed against this, and will learn the decision of the FIA on April 14th.

Following this, Ricciardo then had his race ruined by a pit stop error in Malaysia, causing him to retire. He was also handed a 10 place grid penalty for the Bahrain GP after the unsafe release.

After qualifying in third place yesterday, Ricciardo started down in P13, but he managed to fight his way up the order. Following the safety car period, he was given a chance to push harder on his final set of tires, and very nearly caught Sergio Perez in the final podium position at the end of the race after passing teammate Sebastian Vettel earlier in the race. Ultimately, he was forced to settle for fourth, but it did mark his first points haul of the season.

The team’s hopes of getting Ricciardo reinstated in Australia appear to be slim, but Ricciardo will be happy to have finally broken his streak of bad luck ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

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.”