Brake disc failure curtails Grosjean’s running in FP2

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Romain Grosjean is feeling optimistic heading into the rest of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend despite suffering from a brake disc failure during the second practice session that meant much of his track time was lost.

The Frenchman finished quickest in the first session, but heading into turn eight he claimed that there was “something wrong” as he went straight on at the chicane. Upon his return to the pits, Lotus mechanics shrouded the car in order to hide the problem, but it was soon confirmed that he had indeed suffered a brake disc failure, as confirmed by NBC Sports’ Will Buxton.

However, Grosjean remains optimistic ahead of qualifying tomorrow.

“It’s been a pretty good day even if we missed time in the later session whilst the brakes were worked on,” he explained. “We also had a little vibration that needed looking at, but it wasn’t the end of the world.

“The car feels pretty good as we saw with the fastest time in the first session, so I’m sure we’ll get on top of everything we need to for tomorrow.”

Grosjean is looking to extend his run of three consecutive podium finishes in Abu Dhabi as he looks to lead Lotus’ charge for second place in the constructors’ championship following Kimi Raikkonen’s downturn in form and the Finn’s relationship with the team souring.

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.