Rosberg: One more lap might have been enough

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Nico Rosberg believes that he might have been able to pass Lewis Hamilton and win the Spanish Grand Prix had the race been one lap longer, after finishing just 0.6 seconds behind the Briton in second place today.

Hamilton won the race from pole position, but he came under significant pressure from Rosberg in the dying stages of the race as the German driver caught up on quicker tires. Despite getting within DRS range, he was never close enough to try and make a pass, but he believes that a 67th lap could have provided this.

“I think one more, to be honest,” Rosberg explained on the podium after the race. “One more, I could have given it a good go.

“I wasn’t close enough to give it a go there, but next lap I would have. But unfortunately that was it.

“A bit gutted, but still, second place, still close in the championship and many more races to go anyway.”

Rosberg lost the lead of the championship to Hamilton this weekend, and now trails his teammate by three points. However, he did maintain his 100% podium record in 2014, and is now hoping to repeat his 2013 win at the next race in Monaco.

“Definitely, I’ll be going there to do it one better, try and come first there and repeat the win from last year,” he said when asked about the race in two weeks’ time. “That’s the aim, we’ll see if it works out.”

Hamilton was quick to say that he believed Rosberg was the quicker driver all weekend, but he still managed to finish ahead on track and secure his fourth straight win. However, Rosberg will know that he came very close today, and was not as far behind as he had been in China. There is still a very long way to go in the 2014 season, and we can expect this intra-team battle to rage on until the final round in Abu Dhabi.

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.”