Sergio Perez says Massa’s to blame for Canadian GP crash

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After being handed a five-spot grid penalty for the next Formula One race in Austria, Sahara Force India driver Sergio Perez has come out and blamed Felipe Massa for their incident yesterday in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Perez and Massa were battling for fourth place when they came together at Turn 1. Both cars crashed heavily into the barriers, forcing Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel to weave through the chaos.

In handing Perez the penalty, stewards ruled that the Mexican changed his line and left Massa with nowhere to go. But this morning, Perez gave his side of the story on the @ClubForce Twitter account.

The team then followed Checo’s quotes with this:

Both Massa and Williams head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley have pointed the finger at Perez for the accident.

In comments to Britain’s Press Association, Massa not only showed his disgust with Perez but with the penalty given by the stewards, which he feels is not enough.

Smedley also added that he showed stewards a radio transcript that proves Force India allowed Perez to continue despite a rear brake issue.

“We showed them evidence from the radio transcript – which I think was around lap 67 – where he [Pérez] said ‘I’ve no rear brakes’ I think was his comment,” Smedley said. “They [Force India] said ‘Well if you can carry on, carry on, and if you can’t, pit’.

“That says to me it’s a fairly terminal problem.”

Perez had moved up from 13th on the grid yesterday to shadow then-race leader Nico Rosberg in the second half of the race before the braking problems set in during the final laps.

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.”