Report: Pirelli disappointed by Red Bull’s criticisms

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Pirelli was in the headlines far too often in 2013; still, it says it felt almost used by Red Bull with the team’s critiques and criticisms of its 2013-spec tires before making the midseason construction change.

“That was clearly disappointing because everybody has the same challenge, and that is one thing that was true,” Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery told Autosport.

“We are a partner and competitor, we always said if all the teams, or the sport itself, tells us to make a change we will do it, but being put under media pressure was very disappointing.”

It was one of the bigger stories in 2013 – the high degradation in the first half of the year, the secret Mercedes test and the tire failures in Silverstone – were all reasons why the midseason change was implemented.

Red Bull of course, stormed away in the second half with Sebastian Vettel scoring the last nine victories in succession.

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.