Safety Car makes for thrilling final stages of race (VIDEO)

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Sebastian Vettel’s retirement with eleven laps to go in today’s British Grand Prix may not have been well received by any fans of Red Bull Racing or the triple-champion driver, but the subsequent safety car did create a wonderful dynamic that made the final few laps of the race all the more tense and exciting.

Vettel’s stoppage gave drivers the chance to stop for fresh tires after the numerous failures to the Pirelli compounds gave many cause for concern. However, not all of the front runners took advantage of this. Nico Rosberg pitted and stayed in the lead thanks to the large gap to P2, but Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso both lost out as they looked to prepare for one final charge. Kimi Raikkonen did not pit, questioning over the radio: “I don’t know if we have made the right choice not to pit,” with his engineer telling him that it was too late to think about that by the time he asked.

Webber and Alonso soon scythed their way through the field, with Hamilton in the Ferrari’s tow, meaning that the final few laps of the British Grand Prix kept viewers at the track and at home on the very edge of their seats.

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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.”