Russian Grand Prix track looks good to Vettel (VIDEO)

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Red Bull have made a habit of being the first F1 team on the scene when a new F1 track is under construction.

They kept up their streak by getting Sebastian Vettel out to Sochi to explore the contours of its grand prix circuit which will hold the first Russian Grand Prix in 19 months’ time.

Fresh from his victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix Vettel took the opportunity to drive around the circuit, still in the early stages of being built, in a road car.

The street circuit, planned by ubiquitous F1 track designer Hermann Tilke, runs through the site of the complex which will host next year’s winter Olympics in February. After that the organizers will have nine months to prepare for F1’s planned arrival in November.

“By the looks of it, by the drawing, I think it could be a very interesting and challenging track,” said Vettel, adding there was “some fast corners and hopefully plenty of places to overtake”.

Formula One is the latest racing series to venture into Russia. Formula Renault 3.5 held its first race at the Moscow Raceway last year and the DTM (German Touring Car Championship) will also race there this year.

See footage of Vettel driving the Sochi track below:

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.