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At the seventh round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Audi missed victory by a very narrow margin of eleven seconds. Was the sporting penalty imposed on the number “1” Audi R18 e-tron quattro after contact with an opponent too harsh?
This is hard to judge. It was a decision by the race stewards. We were already punished by the fact that we had to change the damaged front hood. That the stop-and-go penalty followed on top of that was, in my opinion, a very severe action indeed. By the same token, I didn’t perceive the fault for the contact in the incident to be as clear as the decision presents it.
Did Audi’s efficiency technologies have an advantage yet again?
The technology is undisputedly good and the performance of our race cars was very good as well. Toyota, as our fiercest rival, had to make an additional refueling stop. And the Audi R18 e-tron quattro again won the Michelin X Challenge for efficient driving. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to convert this into a victory. But it was a very thrilling race for everybody.
The battle for the drivers’ world championship has remained open until the very end. Are you happy about that?
Indeed, the decision will only be made in the finale at Shanghai in what is Audi’s largest market worldwide. There, we’re aiming to clinch a very good result for Audi. Our two driver squads are battling for the title there. I’m sure they’re not going to give each other the slightest break.