Raikkonen: Better qualifying needed in India

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Kimi Raikkonen is looking to improve his qualifying form at this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix following a difficult run of Saturday sessions that has seen the Finn be overshadowed by teammate Romain Grosjean in recent weeks.

Raikkonen has failed to qualify any higher than eighth since the summer break that came after the Hungarian Grand Prix. Although his race results have still been strong, his poor qualifying has stunted his hopes of winning a second world championship this year as Sebastian Vettel looks set to wrap up a fourth successive title in India next weekend. Therefore, he is hoping to bounce back on Saturday at the Buddh International Circuit next weekend.

“Hopefully we finally get it right in qualifying as the last five qualifying sessions have not been that great for me,” Raikkonen said. “If we don’t, it’s going to be a difficult Sunday afternoon, although of course we’ll keep pushing. If we do get it right, then we can really go for it!”

The Finn is pleased with the progress that has been made with the E21 car in recent races, but he believes that there are still some problems that need to be ironed out.

“The car felt pretty strong all weekend at Suzuka and we’ve made good progress with it recently,” he explained. “It’s still not exactly as I want it and we’re trying to get rid of some understeer which is something I don’t like.”

Raikkonen is entering his final four races with Lotus as he prepares to return to Ferrari in 2014 to partner Fernando Alonso.

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.