Timo Scheider has been given a one-event ban and Audi Head of Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich banned from the DTM pitlane for the remainder of the season for the controversial ‘schieb ihn raus’ call in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) race in Spielberg.
The call from Dr. Ullrich came on the final lap of the race, with Scheider being caught by Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein and unable to pass the other Mercedes of Robert Wickens in front. The Audi driver was passed by Wehrlein and went on to tap Wickens into Wehrlein at the following corner, which resulted in both drivers being pushed out of the race.
Scheider was disqualified from the results at the time, having pushed the Mercedes pair out on the last lap of the race. The Audi driver had been given a radio instruction by Audi’s Head of Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich to ‘schieb ihn raus’, which translates to ‘push him out’.
Scheider denied having ever heard the call, whilst Ullrich later claimed that he had made the call as an emotional outburst whilst being unaware that his radio channel was open to Scheider.
The incident was subsequently referred to the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) who have ruled that the pair were guilty of “unsportsmanlike conduct”.
In addition to the bans, Audi have had the 62 points they scored in the manufacturers’ championship in Austria deleted. The manufacturer has also been fined €200,000 for the incident.
Ullrich himself is banned from attending any DTM events for the remainder of the season.
All parties involved have waived the right to appeal against the judgement. The money from the fine is to be spent on youth development and security projects.