Hamilton, Domenicali and Lauda criticize booing of Vettel


More of Red Bull’s rivals have spoken out against the treatment of Vettel by some spectators following his latest grand prix victory.

Vettel was booed by some people in the crowd after taking his seventh win of the season in Singapore.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali was among those to criticize the jeering Vettel faced.

“We must recognise that our opponents have done a better job than we have and compliment them because in sport you have to accept when your opponent does better than you,” said Domenicali. “That’s the same for the fans.”

“I wasn’t happy to hear that Vettel was booed under the Singapore podium as well,” added Domenicali, who described Vettel’s performance as “perfect”.

Lewis Hamilton said it was wrong for people to boo Vettel for winning.

“No one should be booed for their success, no matter how easy or hard it has been for them to get there,” said Hamilton. “Booing is so negative, especially when someone works so hard to be a success.”

Niki Lauda described the booing as “ridiculous”. “These people don’t understand what the guy is doing,” said the three-times champion, who is now non-executive director at Mercedes.

“I could choose I would give him the world championship today for this drive because he is for me outstanding.”

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.”