Gutierrez given three-place grid penalty for German GP

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Esteban Gutierrez has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the German Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

The Sauber driver got caught up in an incident with Pastor Maldonado during the early stages of today’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Gutierrez tried making a move down the inside of Maldonado heading into Vale, but instead hit him and caused the Lotus car to jump up into the air.

Maldonado landed safely and was even able to continue in the race, but Gutierrez went off a few corners later due to the damage he received and retired from the race.

The stewards confirmed during the race that they would investigate the incident this evening, and they have blamed the Mexican driver for causing the crash.

“Having viewed all the video available and having hread from the drivers, the stewards determined that the driver of car 21 (Gutierrez) was predominantly at fault, causing a collision at turn 16 between him and car 13 (Maldonado),” a statement from the stewards read.

For the second race in a row, Gutierrez will head into the weekend with a penalty hanging over his head. The Sauber driver was docked ten grid spots at Silverstone for an unsafe release during the Austrian Grand Prix, and although the three place drop will be less harmful at Hockenheim, it will be frustrating nevertheless.

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.”