FIA warns teams about exceeding fuel flow limit

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The FIA has sent out a warning to the 11 Formula 1 teams about exceeding the maximum fuel flow limit during today’s Canadian Grand Prix.

In a new regulation for 2014, drivers are not allowed to consume fuel at a rate greater than the 100kg/h during the race, and this weekend could see many teams go close due to the thirsty nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada.

At the opening race of the season in Australia, Daniel Ricciardo was excluded from the final classification after his car was deemed to have consistently exceeded this limit. Despite a spirited appeal and defence from Red Bull, the decision was upheld by the FIA, and denied him second place at his home grand prix.

Ahead of today’s race, race director Charlie Whiting (pictured) has sent a memo around to all of the teams with a clear warning about exceeding the fuel flow limit.

“With reference to the technical directive, we would like to remind you of the following paragraph,” it reads, before going on to explain the parts of the regulations concerning the maximum fuel flow limit.

“We would like to inform you that any persistent or serious breach of the limit set out above during the race will be reported to the stewards immediately.”

Fuel consumption could be a big problem during today’s race. NBCSN’s Will Buxton spoke to a member of the Mercedes team ahead of the race today, and was told that it could be the deciding factor in the battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

The Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBC from 2pm ET. You can watch via live stream here.

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.”