Bianchi sets sights on Ferrari seat

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Jules Bianchi has set his sights on a seat with Ferrari in the future, but he has cooled all talk of a move to the team soon, claiming that his focus is with Marussia for the time being.

“I am still speaking to Ferrari as I am still part of their Driver Academy,” Bianchi told Sky Sports. “So for sure they look at what I am doing.”

“But, I don’t want to put any extra pressure – I am with Marussia now, I want to do a good job for them and then we will see what happens.”

Bianchi did however admit that his long-term goal was to step up to a full time seat with Ferrari, although he does not expect to make the move for 2014.

“It is something we have in mind because I already have a contract with them in the Academy, so we want for sure to do something in the future. But, it is too early to know about that. We have done only two races, we still have 17 races to do and we will see what happens.

“I need to stay at this level first of all and improve. We will see next year what happens, but I would be pleased to stay with Marussia next year again.”

Bianchi is clearly a star for the future, even though he is only two races in to his F1 career. If the French youngster can continue his good form, he will certainly be in the running for Felipe Massa’s seat in the next year or two.

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.