Brundle: Pirelli ‘too much right now’

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Sky Sports Formula One analyst Martin Brundle believes Pirelli’s tires have taken over the discussion of the sport more than they should have.

Writing on Twitter Friday morning, the ex-driver expressed appreciation for Pirelli as a whole since they re-entered the sport in 2011. But this year, they’ve gone too far with compound changes, and further revisions now planned for Montreal – instead of Silverstone as originally planned – are necessary.

“Some people missing the point. Multi-stop F1 strategies used to require banzai qualy style laps and unassisted overtaking to make them work,” said Brundle. “Not nursing the tires (even in qualy) on a four stopper to avoid needing all six available sets during the race.

Brundle said the “best driver” element of F1 has been reduced with the tire focus.

“I want to enjoy and spot the fastest current and future drivers, not only the best tire preservers. 90 percent of a race event is talking tires now,” he added. “Pirelli have done a great job for F1 overall, I applaud them. We needed more spice, but it’s too much right now and I’m pleased its changing.”

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.