Albers remains tight-lipped on Caterham driver line-up

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Newly-appointed Caterham team principal Christijan Albers is remaining tight-lipped about his team’s driver line-up for the rest of the season, simply saying that “I want to see results.”

The team has endured a difficult start to the 2014 season, and remains rooted to the bottom of the constructors’ standings. After five seasons of trying, former owner Tony Fernandes threw in the towel last month and sold the outfit to a consortium made up of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors, with Albers becoming team principal.

There have been a number of changes in personnel over the past two weeks, and this was thought to possibly be extended to the current driver line-up of Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson. When asked about their future with the team, Albers remained coy.

“I want to see results,” he said. “That’s very important for every Formula 1 team.

“To be honest today I think they did a good job. We had some bad luck in the second practice, but they are sharp and we know we need performance and also of course, with a team as Caterham F1, we also always need a little bit of budget.”

Kobayashi is not thought to be bringing a huge amount of finance to the team, with his experience being the main lure for Caterham when he was signed. Therefore, if the team is in need of a bigger budget, a number of drivers could fit the bill in more ways than one.

Red Bull junior Carlos Sainz Jr. was rumored to be in the running for a seat with the team, given that the F1 weekends do not clash with his World Series by Renault commitments. Albers confirmed that they had spoken, but not necessarily about a seat for 2014.

“I have seen a lot of rumors in the press as usual in Formula 1,” he said. “At this moment, of coruse, we have seen Carlos and we have spoken to him also, but at this moment there is nothing done.

“The drivers are performing now, I was happy today, that’s the situation.”

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.”