Hamilton, Williams and Lotus sanctioned by stewards

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Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen have all been given sanctions for infringements during the second free practice session for the British Grand Prix.

Lotus were called before the stewards after they released Kimi Raikkonen in an unsafe manner within one minute of the session starting, with the team receiving a reprimand.

With four minutes of the session to go, Lewis Hamilton was returning to the pit lane; pit entry at Silverstone is very long and cuts out the final three corners. However, it transpired that the Mercedes driver did not enter in the correct fashion, with the FIA statement reading:

“The driver did not stay to the right of the bollard at the pit entry as defined in the race director’s notes to team managers.

“However, as no other cars were in the vicinity the offence is not regarded as too dangerous and it did not impede another competitor.”

As a result, Hamilton was given a reprimand.

The final visitor to the stewards’ office was Valtteri Bottas who was found to have breached the speed limit in the pit lane at the end of FP2, warranting a €1000 fine for Williams.

The driver steward for this weekend’s race is 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell.

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.