Shell focuses on fuel economy

Attention shifts to fuel economy as Shell and Ferrari consider new qualifying rules In light of the new qualifying rules for 2003's Formula One World Championship, Shell is to work even closer with Ferrari in an effort to design fuels that will...

Attention shifts to fuel economy as Shell and Ferrari consider new qualifying rules

In light of the new qualifying rules for 2003's Formula One World Championship, Shell is to work even closer with Ferrari in an effort to design fuels that will optimise Ferrari's qualifying performance.

"Now that cars will move from qualifying to the race without filling for fuel, a renewed emphasis has been put on the fuel's economy," explains Mike Copson of Shell Global Solutions. "Naturally, the less fuel in a car, the lighter and faster it is, so we will be looking at providing Ferrari with a fuel that gives the team the best fuel economy without compromising power."

"Designing a fuel has always been about finding the optimum trade-off between power and economy," continues Copson, "but I expect to see a shift in emphasis towards fuel economy as the season progresses. For example, if we can develop a fuel that gives Ferrari one or two laps more per tank, we have made a large contribution to the weekend's strategy."

"We will of course be designing fuels to suit Ferrari's race strategy as always, and that may not necessarily involve finding the best economy at every race. However, all the teams will be looking at running the lightest possible cars in qualifying and the correct blend of fuel is a very realistic way of achieving reaching that goal."

"Formula One fuel is very similar to the fuel found in Shell service stations all over the world, and we only have a small window in which we can condition the fuel, but it is surprising what we can do with the margin we have. Anything we do learn however we apply to the fuel we make for road cars -- after all, if we can provide a fuel for Ferrari, imagine what we can do for your car," concludes Copson.

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