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Fan guest blog: Behind the scenes of the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix with Ferrari

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Fan guest blog: Behind the scenes of the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix with Ferrari
Sep 2, 2015, 11:06 PM

At JA on F1 we're interested in going beyond the story of Formula 1 and bringing fans closer to the sport.

At JA on F1 we're interested in going beyond the story of Formula 1 and bringing fans closer to the sport. In this fan guest blog, competition winner Jon Wilde writes about his behind the scenes experience of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Jon Wilde writes: I was lucky enough to go the Belgian GP as a guest of Shell and Ferrari as one of the winners of Shell’s #TheHUNT competition.

My expectations for the weekend were pretty high, as weekend with Ferrari at one of my all-time favourite circuits Spa was a dream come true. I expected the weekend would be a bit of a jolly, and that we might just get a bit of a tour of the garage but otherwise be left to our own devices to enjoy the race weekend. However, what I experienced could not have been more different.

Jon Wilde

Throughout the weekend, our hosts went to great lengths to fully immerse us into the world of the Shell/Ferrari partnership. This involved teaching us what that meant and we were briefed by technical experts (and drivers!) who explained every aspect of the fuel and the partnership.

Motorsport fans have a seemingly endless list of things to get excited about: new circuits, cars and drivers, even regulations changes and sponsorship deals. We get excited by the latest technical developments, but often one element of F1 technology gets ignored: fuel. Without energy, the sport we love would not exist. But what do we really know about it?

One thing I found particularly interesting is that the fuel used in F1 must contain 99% the same compounds and perform in the same way as the fuel used in everyday road cars, with this performance is constantly monitored by the team and by the FIA.

Despite these restrictions, developments from Shell in fuel compounds have delivered an additional 5hp for the Ferrari power unit since the beginning of this season alone.

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