Illustration for article titled Sweep the Leg! Mercedes DTM Drivers Targeted Audi Racers, Audi Says

An odd press release missive was fired from Ingolstadt this past weekend. Apparently, Audi's top brass were nonplussed by Mercedes' drivers actions during the recent DTM race at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. In light of two that kaboshed two Audi A4 race cars, Audi Motorsport Director Wolfgang Ullrich withdrew the company's seven remaining A4s from competition in protest. Ullrich says the Merc drivers — including two-time Formula World Champion Mika Hakkinen and Gary Paffett — were using wet-team tactics to take Audis out of the competition. Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Director Norbert Haug says there was no team order to sweep Audi's leg. Points-losing overreaction, or proper reaction to a hit squad. You make the call. [UPDATE: Hakkinen and La Rosa fined for causing "avoidable collisions."] [Motive]

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