McLaren seeking seats for young talents

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McLaren have spoken to three different F1 teams about placing their young driver Kevin Magnussen in their squads for 2014.

Lotus, Force India and Marussia have all been approached about the possibility of running Magnussen, son of former F1 driver Jan Magnussen.

Marussia have already confirmed Jules Bianchi will continue to drive for them next year while Romain Grosjean and Paul di Resta are considered likely to remain at Lotus and Force India respectively.

Magnussen (pictured with Jenson Button) is a sophomore driver in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship and leads the standings with two races remaining. The only driver who can keep him from the title is yellow McLaren junior driver, the rookie Stoffel Vandoorne.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said he’d like to get both drivers into Formula One in the near future.

“One way or another we’ll find a way,” said Whitmarsh about McLaren’s efforts to place them in F1.

“They both deserve it. “They are both going to be Formula One drivers in the future. It’s a question of how quickly we get them there. They are young enough, they don’t have to get there next year.”

Jan Magnussen made his grand prix debut in a one-off start for McLaren 18 years ago. He later spent a season and a half driving for Stewart before being dropped.

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.