Domenicali criticises “extreme” penalty as Ferrari miss second

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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali criticised Felipe Massa’s drive-through penalty during the Brazilian Grand Prix which potentially cost the team second place in the constructors’ championship.

Massa was penalised for cutting across the pit lane entry line during the race, which drivers had been warned not to do.

Domenicali called Massa’s penalty “a bit extreme and forced… because I don’t think Felipe’s move gave him any advantage”.

Massa was running in fourth place before the penalty but dropped to seventh at the chequered flag. “With the points he could have scored the outcome of the constructors’ championship could have been different,” rued Domenicali.

Mercedes beat Ferrari to second in the standings by six points, which is the same as the difference between fourth and seventh place in a race.

Massa said: “I was having a really great race up until the moment I was given a penalty for crossing the white line. I don’t think I deserved a drive-through and I believe it was very unfair.”

“I am very disappointed because today I could have finished fourth or third.” Massa added he believed Fernando Alonso would have let him finish on the podium had he been running fourth behind his team mate in the closing stages.

After the race Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said both his drivers had complained Massa was repeatedly crossing the white line before he was penalised.

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.