Ferrari President writes to fans; urges vigilance from FIA

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Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has written a letter to Formula 1 fans ahead of the new season that starts this Sunday in Australia, live on NBCSN.

In his letter, Montezemolo addresses a number of topics including the new regulations and changes for the 2014 season, which look set to shake up the pecking order in the sport. Although he is quick to admit that Ferrari – like all teams – have some problems, he is confident that they will be resolved quickly.

“Everyone has issues; we have lined ours up and we are in the process of resolving them,” Montezemolo writes. “We’re also putting into practice an intense plan of development, which can count on the fact that the data from the wind tunnel have been confirmed by the track comparisons, something that has not happened in recent years.”

However, he does urge the FIA to be vigilant in 2014 to ensure that the regulations are not flouted by some, ensuring that all teams are competing on a level playing field.

“Such an important set of changes to the regulations is bringing some grey areas, for example fuel, software, [and] consumption.

“In these I am fully expecting the FIA to be vigilant – as I’m sure they will be – to avoid any trickery, which has also taken place in the recent past but must not happen any more for the good of this sport.”

In finishing his letter, Montezemolo lent his support to team principal Stefano Domenicali, and drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

“I have asked for the highest commitment from Domenicali and his team and I know that they are all doing their best. We have a strong team, the best driver pairing – who are experienced and very talented – and everyone knows what they have to do.

“We can count on an important factor that only we have: the immense affection from you, our Tifosi, all over the world. I ask you for your usual great support: let’s not go overboard in the good moments and let’s not give up in harder ones. The championship is long and the objective is clear.”

After six seasons without a championship, the changes to the regulations do offer Ferrari a chance to return to winning ways in 2014. As Montezemolo writes, with such a strong line-up, a title challenge is expected, but it remains to be seen whether the F14 T car will give Alonso and Raikkonen a shot at the championship.

You can read the letter in full here

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.