Can “The Iceman” heat up again at Silverstone?

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After seeing his World Championship hopes take a hit in recent races, Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen is hoping to revitalize them next weekend at the British Grand Prix, where he last won in 2007 for Ferrari.

Raikkonen has fallen back to third in the drivers’ table behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso following finishes of 10th at Monaco and ninth at the most recent race in Canada – a stretch that he believes was more about “surviving, not attacking,” which, in his eyes, is counter-productive.

After dealing with more unpredictable street circuits, he’s hopeful that a return to a more “normal” track like Silverstone will help both him and teammate Romain Grosjean get back to proper business.

“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be back to the positions we should be with this package,” Raikkonen said in a team release. “We just have to be patient, do our very best over the entire weekend and step by step, we can start catching the leaders.”

Raikkonen is also counting on added performance thanks to a major series of upgrades on the Lotus E21 that will debut in Britain. According to comments from the team’s track operations director, Alan Permane, those upgrades include a new front wing and suspension profiles, as well as multiple suspension and aerodynamic changes.

That’s made Raikkonen believe that his car can perform strongly at Silverstone, particularly in its series of quicker turns.

“Silverstone is all about long, sweeping, high-speed corners and high downforce levels,” he said. “It’s one of the fastest circuits on the calendar – it’s very challenging and the flowing corners are pretty good fun to drive.

“Hopefully, our new parts will help us, particularly in the faster corners. If that’s the case, it could be a good weekend.”

You can see if Raikkonen and the Lotus camp are back on form at the British Grand Prix, which will broadcast live next Sunday morning, June 30, at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC.

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.”