Raikkonen escapes 47g crash with just bruising

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Ferrari has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen’s crash on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix recorded an impact of 47g (47 times the force of gravity), but he has escaped with just bruising to his ankle and knee.

The Finn speared into the wall on the exit of Aintree corner after running wide, causing enough damage to the barrier that it took one hour to repair until the race could be restarted. After the initial impact, his car then careered back across the track and into the path of Felipe Massa, who also retired because of the incident.

Raikkonen limped away from his car, and was immediately taken to the Silverstone medical centre for an examination by the FIA doctors. He was released before the end of the race, with nothing more than bruising to his knee and ankle, and will not need to miss the German Grand Prix as some feared immediately after the incident. However, he may have to miss the post-race test at Silverstone next week.

“The man from Espoo took a hard knock on the ankle and also has pain in a knee,” the team reported. “He will now have to rest but he will be back in time for the next round in Germany.”

The team also revealed that the impact recorded 47g on the F14 T’s telemetry.

Raikkonen was very lucky to escape without serious injury, but it does mark yet another disappointing weekend for the Finn who revealed earlier this week that he is likely to retire once his Ferrari contract is up at the end of 2015.

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.”