The result of the inquiry into the so called ‘Pushgate’ incident in last month’s DTM race at the Red Bull Ring has decided on a series of major penalties for Audi Sport.
The incident came in the final stages of the race when Timo Scheider had been passed by a pair of Mercedes, Robert Wickens and Pascal Wehrlein, the German in contention for the overall Championship and indeed, at that point, in the Championship lead.
A radio message, relayed live on air in the TV coverage immediately after the double pass, and “push him out” in English.
Scheider indeed made contact with the rear of Wickens’ car at the next corner, the Mercedes cannoning into its team-mate and putting both out of the race.
A post-incident statement from Dr Ullrich claimed that he did not have direct radio contact with the drivers but he did admit to having made the radio call on a separate channel. Scheider himself said that he did not hear a call.
Despite that the following penalties have today been determined:
€200,000 fine for Audi Sport & Phoenix Racing.
Audi lose all manufacturers points from the race meeting.
Dr Wolfgang Ullrich barred from DTM pitlane during qualifying and races for remainder of the season.
Timo Scheider suspended for next DTM race at Moscow Raceway and his exclusion from the Spielberg results was also confirmed.
All involved have waived their right to appeal.