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WEC rule changes confirmed for ‘super season’ after WMSC meeting

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A number of rules changes have been confirmed for the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 2018/19 ‘super season’ following the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday.

Plans to shake up the WEC and create a 13-month ‘super season’ featuring two runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans were confirmed in September following Porsche’s exit from the LMP1 class, with further details being announced following the WMSC meeting.

A new world championship has been confirmed for the LMP1 class, with the existing manufacturers’ title being replaced by a teams’ title.

Toyota is set to be the only manufacturer fielding a factory team in LMP1 next year, but will be joined by a number of privateer teams including SMP Racing, Manor and DragonSpeed.

A points reduction for Le Mans has also been confirmed, with the 24-hour classic currently offering teams double points and having a significant say in the championship races.

For the ‘super season’, both runnings of Le Mans will be worth 1.5 x points, while the 12-hour race at Sebring in March will be worth 1.25 x points.

Teams will also now be permitted to change tires on cars and complete other work during refueling in a bid to create new strategic battles.

The new FIA WEC ‘super season’ gets underway on May 5, 2018 with the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”