Hamilton: I got everything out of the car in qualifying

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Lewis Hamilton is pleased to have qualified in second place for this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix, believing that he did all that he could to stop Sebastian Vettel from claiming a third consecutive pole position even if that task proved to be too much for the Briton.

Hamilton was the only of the front runners to improve his time with his second run in Q3, allowing him to move ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull’s Mark Webber and put his Mercedes on the front row of the grid. In his eyes, this was all that he and the team were capable of.

“I’m really happy with second position today as it felt like I got everything out of the car today,” Hamilton said after qualifying. “The guys have done a great job to get the package as it is here: we came into the weekend knowing that Red Bull had an advantage, so to be as close as I am in terms of performance is a real positive. Hopefully we have closed the gap a little bit.”

In recent weeks, Mercedes have struggled to match the pace of Red Bull and even Ferrari, failing to win a race since the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break and scoring just one podium in that space of time.

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.