Audi’s motorsport chief Dr Wolfgang Ullrich had admitted it was him who said “push him out” over the radio to Timo Scheider in the incident which overshadowed today’s fifth round of the DTM at the Red Bull Ring.
Ullrich had previously denied being the source of the message, but has since said that he did not know his radio channel was open to Scheider.
The message came seconds before Scheider hit the Mercedes of Robert Wickens, which pushed him into points leader Pascal Wehrlein – taking them both out of the race on the last lap. Scheider finished sixth.
“What was done with Timo was not the proper way to go about things,” said Ullrich. “But it was most definitely not my intention that Robert [Wickens] and Pascal [Wehrlein] end up in the gravel trap.
“I’m sorry that I shouted, ‘Timo push him out’ in my initial emotion at the command post. I do not communicate with the drivers by radio during the race and did not know that the radio was open.
“This was not an instruction for Timo by any means. I can only apologize to Mercedes for this remark. An expression like that does not reflect my idea of motorsport, but was strictly due to the adrenaline at that moment. I’m a racer and was fuming about the way Timo was dealt with.
“It’s a shame that due to this incident a shadow has been cast on the impeccable performance delivered by Mattias [Ekstrom, the race’s winner] and the entire Audi squad.