Sebastian Vettel struggles to seventh in Hungary after spin

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Sebastian Vettel has come away from the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend with his tail between his legs after struggling to seventh place in a race that included an uncharacteristic spin.

The defending world champion has never won at the Hungaroring, and although he was never in contention to this weekend, he may have hoped for better than seventh place from the front row of the grid.

After dropping behind Valtteri Bottas off the line, Vettel was pitted one lap too late by Red Bull during the first safety car period. Upon the restart, his car was in the wrong mode, causing him to lose yet more time. A spin at the final corner very nearly brought his race to an early end, but he eventually struggled home to seventh place at the flag.

“It wasn’t a great race,” Vettel said. “I spun, which was my mistake, and before that I was unlucky with the safety car in the first stint. The timing meant the first four cars lost positions to those running behind. Unfortunately we were then in the wrong mode for the restart and I lost two positions.”

Vettel’s result contrasts heavily with that of Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who clinched his second win of the season today after a superb display. The Australian driver now leads Vettel by 43 points in the drivers’ standings, and unless there is a dramatic change in fortunes for the German, that gap may remain until the end of the season.

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.”