Ferrari’s miserable Malaysian Grand Prix weekend as Kimi Raikkonen failed to start the race after an issue emerged on his car en route to the grid, further denting its Formula 1 title hopes.
After seeing lead driver Sebastian Vettel fail to take part in qualifying after two engine issues on Saturday, Ferrari’s hopes of victory in Malaysia rested largely on Raikkonen, who was set to start second.
However, the Finn reported a loss of power on his way to the grid in the lead-up to lights out, saying the battery was “empty”.
Ferrari confirmed the issue and tried to resolve the problem on the grid before wheeling Raikkonen back to the pits, pushing to try and get it fixed in time for the start of the race.
Their efforts proved fruitless, with Raikkonen eventually being declared as the first retirement from the race, harming Ferrari’s hopes of stopping Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton extending their points lead.
The Malaysian Grand Prix is currently live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app.
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.”