SHELL TRACK LAB: ON THE FRONT LINE WITH SCUDERIA FERRARI
Tasked with providing technical support to Scuderia Ferrari throughout a Formula 1® season, at least two members of the Shell Track Lab team are on hand at every race on the calendar to assist with fuel and oil analysis, ensuring the legality of the former while monitoring for signs of engine wear in the latter.
This is, undoubtedly, a position of great privilege – the front line of Shell’s Innovation Partnership with Scuderia Ferrari – which also makes it the perfect vantage point from which to evaluate the work the two companies are doing to try and power the most successful team in the sport to yet more glory.
“To work in Formula 1 is a great thrill, but the developments Shell is making with Scuderia Ferrari at the top of the sport are genuinely exciting, whether you are one of the millions of fans who tunes in around the world or a customer on any Shell forecourt,” said Guy Lovett, Shell Motorsport Innovation Manager.
“In 2015, we were able to make great strides as a result of our close collaboration with everyone at Maranello, but it’s not all about performance on the track. Shell works with all of its motorsports partners because they provide the ideal test bed in which to develop and showcase the products we offer our customers on the road. The work we do with Scuderia Ferrari is a crucial factor in this.”
Few could dispute Formula 1’s role as an ideal platform upon which to showcase Shell products and their technical excellence. This is especially true, when you consider that Shell V-Power race fuel and Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology race lubricant delivered an unparalleled 25% of total performance gain to the SF15-T Formula 1 power unit in 2015, giving almost half a second per lap, which equated to an average of 30 seconds over a race distance.
Quite a feat, and one that would not have been possible without the 21,000 hours that over 50 Shell scientists dedicate to the Innovation Partnership every year. It is this commitment that helped Sebastian Vettel notch up three wins in 2015 en route to third in the FIA Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, a feat that Shell will hope the team can build upon this season.
“When the team has success you can’t help but be proud of the role you have played in it, which is one of the great benefits of the work we do,” explains Alan Wardle, Shell Trackside Analyst.