New F1 technology for 2014 intrigues “Professor” Prost

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Considering that he bears the nickname of “The Professor,” it’s no wonder four-time Formula One World Champion Alain Prost is interested in the new technology that will debut in the 2014 F1 season.

The new 2014 challengers set to take the grid will feature turbo-charged V-6 engines and new energy recovery systems, marking a major change from the 2.4-liter, normally aspirated V8 units that were in use from 2006 to this past season.

For the technically savvy Prost, it also marks a return to, as he put it recently to French website AutoHebdo.fr, “the essence of competition.”

He admits that he is fascinated by the new regulations, and as a result, he has had the urge to wish for something he hadn’t wished for in recent F1 campaigns.

“For the past few seasons, I have never said, ‘It would be nice to be driving now,'” he said to the French site. “But for 2014, I really would like to be.”

Prost has a bit of a stake in the upcoming engine war as he currently serves as an ambassador for Renault, which powers reigning World Champion Red Bull.

Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari will be engine manufacturers in the debut season for the V6s, with Honda coming on board in 2015 with the McLaren team.

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.”