Top five stats from the Indian Grand Prix

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The Indian Grand Prix was all about milestone accomplishments – and one very significant one in particular. Here are the top five stats from the race.

IVettel

Sebastian Vettel became the fourth driver in F1 history to win four world championships in a row, and is by far the youngest driver ever to do it.

At 26 years and 123 days, Vettel is over six years younger than Michael Schumacher was at the time of his fourth title win in 2001.

Unstoppabull

Red Bull matched their driver’s feat by clinching the constructors’ championship for the fourth year running – a remarkable feat for a team which is only in its ninth year of competition.

Ferrari tie McLaren

It wasn’t all about Red Bull. Ferrari have matched McLaren’s record for scoring points in 64 consecutive races and can beat it at Abu Dhabi this weekend. The last race they left empty-handed was the 2010 British Grand Prix.

Grosjean’s attack from the back

Romain Grosjean gained 14 places to finish on the podium for the third race in a row. That’s the most places any driver has made up during a race this year.

20 countries decide the title

India became the 20th different nation to host the rice which decided the outcome of the drivers championship.

The United States has held the title-decider a total of six times at Sebring (once), Las Vegas (twice) and Watkins Glen (three times). Only two countries have hosted more: Japan (13) and Italy (11).

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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.”