Hamilton speaks of “a great day” after dominating practice

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Lewis Hamilton has expressed his delight after a superb showing during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix today.

The British driver finished fastest in both sessions, and laid down an ominous long run pace that suggests it will take something out of the ordinary to stop him from winning his fourth race in a row.

However, he traditionally is hard to please during practice. Last year in Hungary, he said that it would take a “miracle” for him to win the race, only for him to do exactly that. This time around though, Hamilton knows just how good his position is.

“I can feel the positive step forward that we’ve made with the car so a big thank you to everyone back at our factories for all of their hard work since China,” he explained. “Our two practice sessions today went very smoothly.

“In fact I’ve not had such a good Friday for a very long time!”

Hamilton has now set his sights on a good qualifying result tomorrow, which will be important considering the lack of overtaking opportunities at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

“It’s very difficult to overtake here so we will do everything we can to qualify as high as possible tomorrow, but really it is all about the race and looking after those tires is the most important thing,” he said. “Just finally, it’s great to see so many fans here today enjoying the action in this beautiful weather.”

Hamilton has never won the Spanish Grand Prix, but it would be an important victory to claim this weekend as he continues to state his case for a second world title in 2014.

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.