Korea tires to create large gap in performance – Pirelli

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Pirelli say the tires it is supplying for this weekend’s race in Korea will produce significant differences in performance.

F1’s official tire supplier will bring the super-soft and medium compounds to this weekend’s race – last year the soft was used instead of the medium.

Motorsport director Paul Hembery said the choice of tires “best complements the characteristics of the 2013 range of compounds”.

“We would expect there to be a significant difference in lap time between the two compounds we have selected, as was the case in Singapore, and that should help the teams to put together some interesting strategies.”

“The work done in free practice when it comes to assessing the wear and degradation levels on each compound with different fuel loads is going to be especially important,” he added, “as that will hold the key to the correct strategy.”

A two-stop strategy was the preferred plan for most drivers during last year’s race, starting on the super-soft tire before switching to the soft compound.

Sebastian Vettel won the race but Red Bull had severe concerns over his tire wear in the final laps and repeatedly warned him to preserve his rubber. “Tire management is going to be important once more,” reckons Hembery.

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.