F1 flashback: 20 years since Hill’s home win, Schumacher’s formation lap overtake (VIDEO)

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As we head for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend, it now marks 20 years since Damon Hill scored his first and only home Grand Prix victory and the site of one of Michael Schumacher’s more surprising missteps.

Schumacher started second in his Benetton-Ford behind Hill’s Williams-Renault, but the German overtook the Englishman on the formation lap. Although he did eventually serve a drive-through penalty, he was disqualified from the race thereafter.

It was one of the tide-turning races as the two battled for the 1994 Formula One World Championship; Hill closed the gap to 25 points and began a second-half surge aided in part by Schumacher’s absence from two races. The two-race ban came down later in the season.

Meanwhile in the above review video as officially produced by the FIA, it’s fascinating to look at the history gone by. The late Princess Diana and her sons William and Harry attended the race; World Cup fever was also sweeping the world then, as it is now, 20 years on.

Of course, the cars and sounds were substantially different to today as well. The track layout at Silverstone has also been altered.

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.”