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Wolff wants Mercedes DTM driver Lucas Auer to get F1 test

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Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff hopes to see Lucas Auer in a Formula 1 test in the near future following a strong start to the DTM season.

Auer, 22, abandoned a strong single-seater junior career to move into DTM in 2015 with Mercedes, taking his first victory at the Lausitzring last year.

The Austrian driver won two of the first three races of the 2017 DTM season to move into an early championship lead, and is just two points behind points front-runner Mattias Ekström after the most recent round at the Norisring.

Auer has been linked with a future Force India F1 test given the team shares a sponsor, BWT, with his DTM car, and Wolff hopes that he will get an opportunity soon.

“Lucas obviously is the guy to beat this year in DTM, the only one that is currently in the top in DTM,” Wolff told NBCSN in Friday’s edition of Paddock Pass.

“Hopefully we’ll see him soon in a test.”

Auer would be eligible to take part in the F1 young driver test planned for the beginning of August following the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Wolff also confirmed that Auer’s Mercedes DTM colleague Edoardo Mortara has been working with the F1 team in its simulator, having jumped ship from Audi at the end of last year.

“Edo is working with the F1 team in the simulator also and is doing a good job,” Wolff said.

“I’m very happy that we have him finally at Mercedes, lured him away from McLaren and Audi. So he’s very good.”

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.”