Vettel: Fourth win at Suzuka “very rewarding”

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Sebastian Vettel has said that his win in today’s Japanese Grand Prix was “very rewarding” as he battled back from a poor start to fight off teammate Mark Webber and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean to win the race by seven seconds on Sunday.

Vettel has been on a dominant run of form since the summer break, winning the past four races with relative ease heading into this weekend. However, it is clear that this was an important win for Red Bull and Vettel as he had to push throughout the race to make up the lost time.

“A very rewarding win today, it’s a great feeling,” Vettel said after the race. “I love this track and it’s just fantastic to win here.”

This marks Vettel’s fourth win at Suzuka in five years, but it very nearly didn’t happen after a poor start saw him drop down to third and make contact with Lewis Hamilton.

“It was a horrible start to be honest, we found ourselves sitting in third place and then tried to go longer in the first stint. I had great traction after I got past Romain and after that the only threat was Mark who got stuck behind Romain. We could then manage the gap until the end of the race.”

Vettel now heads to the Indian Grand Prix on the verge of clinching his fourth world championship, leading closest-challenger Fernando Alonso by 90 points. Therefore, if Vettel finishes in the top five (something he has done in every race he has completed this season), he will seal the title with three races to space.

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.