Shell has announced that Scuderia Ferrari’s new F14 T Formula One car will take to the track in Jerez with an entirely new suite of Shell bespoke fuels and lubricants.
With Formula One technical regulations causing teams to focus heavily on energy efficiency in 2014, the latest range of Shell fuels and lubricants have been developed hand-in-hand with Ferrari to complement the reintroduction of the V6 Formula One engine.
Since the start of the 2014 project, Shell has provided Ferrari with more than 50 blends of its Shell V-Power race fuel for bench testing. Each one has been rigorously analyzed and evaluated in preparation for the final and most important stage of testing on the track, which begins in Jerez next week.
The announcement comes following the highly anticipated unveiling of Scuderia Ferrari’s 2014 Formula One car, the F14 T, which features one of the most complex powertrains in Ferrari’s motor racing history. Scuderia Ferrari teammates, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen, will get behind the wheel of the latest single-seater powered and protected by Shell’s bespoke range of Formula One products throughout the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Speaking of the 2014 changes, Guy Lovett, Shell Technology Manager for Ferrari, commented: “The 2014 Formula One regulation changes represent one of the biggest challenges that we have faced in the sport since our partnership with Ferrari began in the 1930s – all in the pursuit of greater energy efficiency. Shell’s contribution to the performance of the new powertrain is crucial, which is why we have worked so closely with Ferrari throughout the stages of development of the 2014 engine to ensure that the fuels and lubricants we supply can meet the demands of this latest evolution in Formula One.
Richard Bracewell, Shell Global Sponsorships Manager, commented: “Shell has worked very closely with Scuderia Ferrari to meet new technical regulations in Formula One this season and I’m sure it will not be the last. Shell has been developing products in Formula One since 1950 and in that time has won over 160 races with Ferrari using a wide variety
of engines. It is the strength of this technical partnership that allows us to continually develop fuels and lubricants ensuring that any technological advantage developed for Ferrari is passed directly through to the motorist.”
Shell shares one of the strongest partnerships in Formula One history with Ferrari, having contested, in partnership, more than half of all the Formula One races ever run, and amassed 12 Drivers’ Championships and 10 Constructors’ Championships. Shell’s relationship with Enzo Ferrari began in the 1930s. Shell became one of Scuderia Ferrari’s first ever technical partners and powered the team to its first Formula One win in a Ferrari 375 F1 at Silverstone in 1951.
Shell invests more than 50 technical staff and 21,000 hours a year in research and development to give Ferrari the competitive edge in Formula One and transfer technology from the track to the road.