Massa frustrated to lose podium finish in late downpour

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Felipe Massa made no secret of his frustration after losing a podium finish in the British Grand Prix on Sunday thanks to a late rain shower.

Massa led the first stint of the race after making a flying start from third place, but dropped behind eventual winner Lewis Hamilton at the first round of pit stops.

The Brazilian managed to retain second place until rain hit Silverstone in the final 15 laps of the race, causing him to lose out to Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

Williams opted to keep Massa out for an extra lap after the first of the leaders pitted for intermediate tires, allowing Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to move into third position.

The end result was that Massa finished fourth, 11 seconds off a podium finish that he was frustrated to lose.

“It’s a bit frustrating,” Massa told NBCSN after the race. “The podium was in my hands today. Did an amazing start, amazing performance through the race fighting with Mercedes.

“We lost a position in the pit stop because we unfortunately stopped one lap later. It was enough to lose the position.

“Then I was opening the gap to Valtteri and Nico in the dry. We maybe had second position in our hands, but then everything changed with the rain, waiting one lap longer to stop.

“It was really wet, so it was really frustrating to lose a podium like that. Definitely in the rain many things can happen, getting it right or getting it wrong. This is part of the game. We definitely need to look not to repeat that because today we had a podium in our hands.”

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.