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Treluyer to miss Nurburgring WEC round through injury

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Audi has confirmed that Benoit Treluyer will miss the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship round at the Nurburgring through injury.

Treluyer had been due to pilot the no. 7 Audi R18 car at the six-hour race alongside long-standing teammates Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler.

However, Audi announced on Sunday that Treluyer had sustained an injury to his spinal column after a fall while training on his mountain bike.

As a result, the the Frenchman will not race at the Nurburgring, but is set to be fit for the following FIA WEC round in Mexico City at the beginning of September.

“While training on his mountain bike three-time Le Mans winner Benoît Tréluyer fell and injured his spinal column,” a statement from Audi read.

“The injury will heal without surgical intervention and have no further consequences. As the recovery period will be several weeks, the 39-year-old Frenchman has to skip round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

“As a result, his teammates, Marcel Fässler and André Lotterer, will be contesting the race at the Nürburgring on July 24 as a team of two in the number “7” Audi R18.”

“On behalf of Audi Sport, I wish Benoît a speedy and full recovery so that he’ll be ready to race again in the subsequent event in Mexico,” head of Audi motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich added.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”