Bottas and Kvyat claim career best qualifying results (VIDEO)

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They may be two of the youngest drivers in Formula 1, but both Valtteri Bottas and Daniil Kvyat put in impressive displays in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix today to secure their best career starts.

Having previously qualified a best of third at the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix, Bottas produced a fine performance to claim his first front row start in F1, finishing second in Q3.

In fact, the Finn may even be entitled to be disappointed given the fashion in which he lost pole position. A mistake on his final flying lap meant that he could not improve his time, allowing teammate Felipe Massa to edge him out by just 0.087 seconds.

The result marks the first all-Williams front row since the 2003 German Grand Prix, where Juan Pablo Montoya managed to convert pole position into his second win of the season. After some difficult years, the team’s return to the front of the field will go down well in the paddock.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat will start the race from seventh place, and spoke to NBCSN’s Will Buxton about the result after qualifying. The Russian youngster will be hoping to score his first points since the Chinese Grand Prix, and stands a good chance of doing so from inside the top ten.

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.