Report: FIA summit to take place next week in Switzerland

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Reports state that Formula One team bosses are expected to meet with the FIA for an upcoming summit on the future of the sport in Geneva, Switzerland.

GPUpdate.net says that the summit will take place one week from today on Jan. 22, and reports that aspects such as the cost cap set to debut with the 2015 season and the controversial “double points” rule for season finales could be up for discussion during the meeting.

The FIA has stated previously that it wants regulations involving the cost cap to be finalized by June. As for the “double points” rule, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has expressed his belief that it could wind up taking away value from the first 18 races of the year.

“Is it right to put so much predominance on one race?,” he said today according to the Associated Press. “Does it undervalue what you’ve done in the rest of the year? I think, arguably, yes it does. There will be a discussion next week about it no doubt and we need to think very carefully about it.”

“I can understand to try to keep the championship alive to the last race. But two out of the last four years, it has gone to the wire under the current points system. Especially with the regulation changes we have got this year, it’s probably not the right time to be looking at that change.”

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.”