Hamilton revels in claiming Mercedes’ 100th pole (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton has expressed his happiness with the Mercedes W05 car after claiming pole position for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Hamilton was an ever-present force throughout qualifying at Albert Park today, and he appeared to be embroiled in a tussle with teammate Nico Rosberg for pole position in Q3 as the two drivers traded fastest lap times. However, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo flourished in the wet conditions and appeared to have done enough to claim pole on home soil, only for Hamilton to better his lap seconds later and snatch P1 away.

“It’s the first time I’ve driven the car on the limit in the wet, but it felt great and I’m so happy with the job the team has done,” Hamilton explained. “To be on pole here today is a fantastic result for us. It was great fun and I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow. It’s going to be tough, but we’ll do our best and see what happens.”

The result marks the 100th pole position for a Mercedes-powered car in Formula 1, and Hamilton felt some pride to have been the driver to achieve this feat.

“I am very proud to have scored pole number 100 for Mercedes-Benz in Formula 1,” he said. “I have only driven with Mercedes power since my debut in 2007 and the whole Mercedes team has done an incredible job meeting the challenge of these new rules.”

Hamilton will be chasing his second Australian Grand Prix victory on Sunday, having won the race back in his championship year of 2008. However, the Briton will be aware of a challenge from Ricciardo and Rosberg from second and third respectively, whilst the reliability of the Mercedes W05 car will also be a cause for concern following a stoppage in FP1 on Friday.

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.