Four-time champion Vettel thanks entire Red Bull team

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Newly-crowned Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has lavished praise upon the entire Red Bull team after securing his fourth consecutive title in India today, struggling for words on the podium.

Vettel crossed the line almost thirty seconds ahead of his closest rival in India, dominating the race and clinching the championship to enjoy a 115 point lead with just 75 points available in the final three races. After performing donuts for the fans, Vettel eventually made his way to the podium where he made his elation clear.

“I’m speechless,” he said. “I crossed the line and I was empty. I took ages to think about something to say. It’s one of these moments you wish to say so many things but you can’t. The spirit inside the team is so strong; it gives me so much power, it’s a pleasure to jump in the car and go out for the guys and try to give it all I have. The car was phenomenal today, it was phenomenal all season to be honest, but I couldn’t ask for more.”

Vettel continued to praise the team before explaining how he felt this victory in India would silence many of his critics, having faced a chorus of boos at a number of races so far this season.

“I want to say a big thank you to the team, to all of the people who are behind us, it was for sure not an easy season, even if people from the outside had the idea that we had it in our hands for quite a while, but I think it was a difficult one all in all,” the newly-crowned world champion explained. “A very difficult one for me personally, to receive boos even though you haven’t done anything wrong but to overcome that and to give the right answer on the track and finally get the acceptance we are all looking for as racing drivers makes me very proud to join people like Prost, Fangio and Michael [Schumacher] is unbelievable.”

The German driver becomes just the fourth driver in the history of the sport to win four world champions, tying with Alain Prost and trailing Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher by one and three titles respectively. There is no doubt that he has established himself as a legend of the sport, and at 26, Schumacher’s records are well within his reach.

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.”