Formula 1: Shell Look Ahead to a Technically Challenging and Extremely Competitive Season With Scuderia Ferrari

By Auto News Log • March 1st, 2011

Looking ahead to 2011, 19 races will feature on the Formula One calendar, making it the longest season in the sport’s history. The lights will go out for the first time in Australia on March 27 while the world-famous Interlagos circuit in Brazil will close the season on November 27. India is a new addition to the championship, and will host a race in New Delhi on October 30.

With more races than ever before, plus the refuelling ban and eight engines per car rule taken into consideration, the value of Shell’s close-knit relationship with Ferrari will play a significant role in the Italian team’s performance in 2011.

Furthermore, Formula One will see some key regulation changes in 2011.

Pirelli will take over as the sport’s sole tyre supplier and will provide all teams with rubber for the next three years.

Drivers will be able to adjust the rear wing from the cockpit as soon as they are two laps into the race. The system, designed to increase overtaking during a race, will be electronically controlled and only be activated when a driver is less than one second behind another at pre-determined points on the track.

The ‘107%’ rule will be reapplied to qualifying, having been absent from the sport since 2002. Any driver not setting a qualifying time within 107% of the fastest Q1 lap will not be permitted to race.

Last year’s championship battle went down to the wire between four drivers which gives a good indication as to what to expect from the competition in 2011.

With this in mind, Shell aims to further improve fuel efficiency whilst helping to maintain the Ferrari engine’s optimum performance. In addition, Shell’s new lubricant produced last year will help to give added protection, increasing the performance of the car.

Source: Shell


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