Hulkenberg: No hard feelings over Ferrari deal

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Nico Hulkenberg has said that there are no hard feelings between him and Ferrari despite missing out on the seat at the team for the second year in a row.

The German driver was closely linked with Felipe Massa’s seat in 2012, but Ferrari opted to retain the Brazilian driver for the current season. However, the decision to drop Massa for 2014 appears to have been taken around the time of the British Grand Prix, with Hulkenberg having a Ferrari contract on the table only for the team to sign Kimi Raikkonen once the Finn’s talks with Red Bull had broken down. Despite the situation, Hulkenberg does not feel bitter.

“I think the relationship [with Ferrari] is as good and as positive as before,” he explained in Thursday’s press conference ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. “I think there has maybe been some misunderstanding and that story has been blown up by the media. I read that too but no, I don’t feel that.”

Hulkenberg was also quick to deny reports that he had been informed of Ferrari’s decision by text message, and he is refusing to dwell on the entire matter.

“There’s no point now to think about that too much,” he said. “That’s history now. I have to look forward and move on.”

Following Raikkonen’s move to Ferrari, Hulkenberg is now being linked with the Finn’s vacant seat at Lotus.

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.”