Former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld is hoping more privately-run teams will enter the World Endurance Championship in the coming events after his Rebellion Racing team ran uncontested in the new LMP1-L class at Silverstone.

A separate sub-category within the LMP1 class formed to retain interest from grid-bolstering privateer teams at a time when better funded, full factory efforts from Audi, Toyota and now Porsche are expected to otherwise dominate, only three entries were submitted pre-season, two of which were from Rebellion Racing.

With the third entry from Lotus withdrawn from Silverstone due to delays, Rebellion were guaranteed to claim victory at Silverstone, even if it was only the No.12 car of Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost and Mathias Beche that would make it to the end.

Indeed, though Swiss outfit Rebellion Racing is hoping the upcoming introduction of its new Oreca-designed prototype, the R-ONE, at Spa will bring it closer to the 'big three', Heidfeld is also hoping it will get some competition of its own.

"There will hopefully be more privateers coming in the next few races, but hopefully by then we will have an advantage," the German told "It would be nice if they were here now and it would be nice if we could fight the works teams. I had hoped we would be closer because we were quite close at the beginning of the weekend, but the works teams just kept on gaining. We hope with our new car we will be closer."

A veteran of F1 having started 183 races between 2000 and 2011, Heidfeld admits he does miss competing at the pinnacle of the sport, even if he remains very happy competing in sportscars.

"I am happy here but I miss F1 too," he added. "It was a good time for me. Obviously I would have liked to have achieved more when I was there, but on the other side I think I was lucky with the time I spent there because I think the cars a few years back were nicer than they are now.

"The racing is not bad at the moment. We have a good fight at the front and for F1 it is good that Red Bull isn't winning all the time, though this might change in the next couple of months."



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