Bahrain GP: Shell technical briefing

V8 ENGINES FINALLY PUT TO THE TEST IN BAHRAIN OPENER Engine lubricant *The season starter in Bahrain sees the introduction of the new V8 engine format for Formula One, including the new Ferrari 056 engine. The focus will undoubtedly be on ...

V8 ENGINES FINALLY PUT TO THE TEST IN BAHRAIN OPENER

Engine lubricant

*The season starter in Bahrain sees the introduction of the new V8 engine format for Formula One, including the new Ferrari 056 engine. The focus will undoubtedly be on reliability, as Formula One rules continue to stipulate engines must last two races. Shell and Ferrari have selected products which have a well known and well proven record. The Shell engine lubricant will be Shell Helix SL-0932.

*Although the Bahrain Grand Prix will be held earlier in the season than in previous years, temperatures are expected to remain high. As ever, sand, which can block radiators and restrict the air filtration system, is also present in the air at this circuit. These two factors can cause engine temperatures to rise. Shell technical experts will be analysing oil samples extensively to monitor the condition of the engine throughout the weekend.

Gearbox oil

*Ferrari and Shell recognise that reliability will also be a key factor for the gearbox in Bahrain. Due to its successful record; Shell Spirax L6285 has been selected from a portfolio of lubricant products under continual development by Shell. Its role is to protect the Ferrari 248 F1's gearbox.

Fuel

*Shell V-Power returns for another season powering Ferrari. Shell V- Power ULG 59L/9 has been formulated for Sakhir. It has a slightly higher volatility to that of its predecessor, a characteristic which is more suited to the new V8 engine.

*Critically, race fuel loads will now be decided in qualifying. An optimum blend of fuel is vital for cars competing in the new qualifying format's Top 10 shootout. For the race, each car in the Top 10 will be topped up with the same level of fuel with which it started the final qualifying shootout.

Shell fact

*In 2005, Shell blended 40 tonnes of Formula One engine and gearbox lubricant for Scuderia Ferrari. That's equivalent to the weight of 27 small road cars!

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