Ferrari find testing situation “ridiculous”

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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali believes that the current testing situation is “ridiculous”.

Teams are limited to the three pre-season tests held in Spain each year, with in-season testing banned, but Domenicali is in favor of returning to a more liberal testing schedule.

“The testing situation is ridiculous,” Domenicali told F1 Racing magazine.

“At the end of the day, it is ridiculous – I use this word again – that we are not able to use this track. We were too far in one direction on testing a couple of years ago and we are now too far on the other hand.”

Domenicali revealed that Ferrari are talking to the other teams in an attempt to draw up a more effective testing schedule.

“With the other teams, we’ll try to convince them that we need to find another balance – and I am positive we can find a solution.”

For 2014, the teams are set to give the green light for a fourth pre-season test due to the new engine regulations. However, the lack of in-season testing restricts teams to the practice sessions at each grand prix for car development. Although this does reduce costs, it also restricts progress as teams look to make great strides across the course of the season.

Rebellion confirms LMP1 return, all-star line-up for WEC super season

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 ‘super season’ with an all-star line-up featuring Le Mans winners Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.

Rebellion raced in LMP1 as a privateer between 2009 and 2016 before stepping down to LMP2 for the most recent season, capturing the class titles at the first attempt.

Following a push from the WEC and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to make LMP1 more appealing to privateer teams, Rebellion announced on Wednesday it would return to the premier class for the 2018/19 season with a two-car effort.

WEC LMP2 champion Bruno Senna will return with Rebellion next year, as will Mathias Beche, with the pair set to be joined by four new faces.

The most notable arrivals are Porsche factory drivers Lotterer and Jani, both of whom were left without an LMP1 drive following the closure of the German manufacturer’s program at the end of the season.

American racer Gustavo Menezes will also join Rebellion, stepping up after two years in LMP2, while outstanding 2017 rookie Thomas Laurent completes the Swiss team’s line-up.

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” said Jani.

“Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.

“With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”

“I am very happy to join the champion Rebellion team,” added three-time Le Mans winner Lotterer.

“The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss.

“I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there.”