Hill: Hamilton could be impossible to beat

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1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill believes that Lewis Hamilton might already be on track to win his second championship after making a scintillating start to the 2014 season.

Hamilton took the lead of the drivers’ championship following last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, where he claimed his fourth straight win. The Briton appears to be in a good place both on and off track, and Hill believes that he might already be unbeatable.

“Up until this season, it always looked like Lewis’s focus could go at any time,” he told journalists at Silverstone yesterday. “He now seems to have the demeanour of someone who is totally content.

“He is so focused on the job, I think he will be almost impossible to beat.”

Hill was at Silverstone yesterday at the first in a series of events celebrating the 50th British Grand Prix to be held at the circuit in Northamptonshire, where was reunited with his title-winning Williams FW18 car. He went on to speak about the history and heritage of the race, which has been held every year since the beginning of the world championship in 1950.

“It’s great to be back here and reunited with the car that I won the World Championship in in 1996,” Hill said. “I’d like to think that winning the British Grand Prix is great for any driver, but particularly if you’re a British driver, there’s nothing like it.

“It is one of the biggest events of all the grands prix we go to. There’s such a massive crowd, and to get all that satisfaction and give people satisfaction with a victory at your home grand prix, you just can’t beat it.”

When Hamilton won the world championship in 2008, he became the first British driver since Hill to do so. Now, if Hill’s judgement that he is unbeatable turns out to be true, the Mercedes driver could be set to join the likes of Fernando Alonso, Jim Clark and Graham Hill – Damon’s father – on two world titles.

This year also marks 50 years since the first British Grand Prix was held at Brands Hatch. The Kent circuit shared the hosting rights with Silverstone between 1964 and 1986, but has not hosted a grand prix since.

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.”