Perez expecting strong points haul in Germany

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Sergio Perez is expecting to come away from the German Grand Prix with a good haul of points following a disappointing weekend at Silverstone last time out.

The Mexican driver qualified seventh for the British Grand Prix, but dropped to the back of the field following contact with Jean-Eric Vergne on the opening lap of the race. Despite fighting his way back to P11 following the red flag, he still feels that the pace of the car was lacking.

“Silverstone was a bit worse than expected,” he explained. “Obviously the contact that I had with Vergne when he collided into my car was really bad because that put me last for the restart, so had make up everything.

“In the end, we finished 11th, just out of the points, but still, the pace wasn’t really there. All weekend we struggled.”

This time around, he is expecting a weekend more like the one he enjoyed in Austria, where he finished an excellent sixth despite having a grid penalty after qualifying.

“I expect this weekend that we will be back to our level, and I expect to come out of the weekend with a good amount of points for our fight between for fourth position in the constructors’,” he said. “I think here, for the good of the team, for the confidence of the whole team, we should be really, really strong in this place.”

Perez also confirmed in the media session that Force India would not be using the FRIC system on its car, the legality of which has been called into question by the FIA.

“We won’t run it I think,” Perez explained. “It’s pretty much taken the decision from the senior management that we won’t run it. I don’t know how much it will affect us, but I don’t expect it will have a big impact on our car.

“Some teams, of course, they have developed the system and have a much advanced system than us, and have a bigger impact than we will.”

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.”