2011 Formula One Season Review
Scuderia Ferrari and technical partners Shell, will look back on the 2011 Formula One season with mixed emotions
With one win and nine podium finishes throughout the season, Scuderia Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was consistently solid in his fight for the Drivers’ World Championship. However, the relentless string of successes for Red Bull made victory extremely difficult to come by, and Alonso ultimately finished in third position in the Championship, behind Sebastien Vettel and Jenson Button.
Scuderia Ferrari’s Felipe Massa had a season cursed with challenges and bad luck finishing sixth behind Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.
Alonso’s sole win of the season at the British Grand Prix was all the more meaningful because it came at the very same track that José Froilán González clinched Scuderia Ferrari’s first ever victory sixty years previously. The Spaniard described it as “a very special win because it comes at a legendary track like Silverstone, in front of a crowd that is so enthusiastic about cars.”
The season also saw Shell become the title sponsor of the 2011 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix, providing great opportunities to communicate the longstanding technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari. The event saw Shell bring legendary Scuderia Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso and John Surtees together to compare notes on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in a short film. The event was a triumph, and with Shell holding a multi-year agreement as title sponsor of the Belgian Grand Prix, the future looks bright for many similar success stories.
Whilst the 2011 Formula One season may be drawing to a close, Shell and Scuderia Ferrari have already been working solidly towards next season and beyond. This year, as well as working on the current Shell V-Power fuel and Shell Helix Ultra lubricants, efforts have been focussed on two other programmes; the 2012 and 2014 Formula One seasons.
The 2014 season will see the introduction of a new four cylinder, 1.6 litre power unit spec engine comprising a high pressure direct gasoline injection of up to 500 bar, and a maximum of 12,000 rpm. These engines will deliver a 35% reduction in fuel consumption and will feature extensive energy management and energy recovery systems, whilst still maintaining current levels of performance. They will also have quite a different appetite for fuel and lubricants than at present, which is why Shell have already delivered the first batch of products to Maranello to aid Scuderia Ferrari in the development of the 2014 engine.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished with 257 points and Felipe Massa finished with 118 points in the 2011 Drivers’ World Championship, with Scuderia Ferrari coming third in the Constructors’ World Championships, with 375 points.