Having endured their worst ever start to a Formula One season, Williams have finally attained some success by scoring their first point of 2013 at today’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Pastor Maldonado crossed the line in 10th place to pick up a solitary point that puts the team on the scoreboard for 2013 with the Venezuelan taking advantage of others’ misfortune to move into the points with just five laps remaining.
Maldonado had been battling with Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg during the race but the German driver was forced to take a drive-through penalty after speeding in the pit lane during a stop. Then, with just five laps remaining, Nico Rosberg suffered from an engine failure whilst running in 9th position, elevating Maldonado into the top ten to pick up a point.
Valtteri Bottas was not as fortunate as his teammate, retiring from the race due to a hydraulics failure on lap 43 of the race. Regardless, the team will be delighted to get off the mark after such a disappointing start to the season.
“For me, it’s special. We did a great race starting from 15th. We are improving every time,” Maldonado told Sky Sports after the race.
Despite this result, Williams are still 52 points behind the total they had at this point last season.
Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.
Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.
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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.
“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.
“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”
The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.
Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.
That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.