di Resta admits dual development efforts unlikely

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Force India’s Paul di Resta admitted continuing a dual development program between 2013 updates and the new 2014 chassis is unfeasible.

Come mid-season, the focus will have to shift entirely to the new 2014 car and the new set of technical regulations, rather than being able to continue updates for the current car.

“What’s more important is that you have a good rate of development until June or July. Then they will switch off,” di Resta told Autosport. “How much do you focus on a car that goes out of date in the middle of November?”

As one of the midfield runners, Force India is in a position where it doesn’t need to push the rate of development quite as much for the current season at a certain point, because it won’t be in contention for either championship.

That leads the Scot to believe, particularly more this year than in past years, that the top teams could be compromised because of the joint development efforts.

“The pressure is not about coming out at the top next year as it is for the likes of Ferrari and McLaren,” he added.

Force India has confirmed it will retain Mercedes engines for 2014 and beyond.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.