”Decisions around lubricant compounds have huge impact on performance”

”Decisions around lubricant compounds have huge impact on performance”

For our featured story on Formula 1, we interviewed Jon Wilde, Director of Partnership Development with Sports Marketing & Communications Agency PHG International as well as a key motorsport journalist. Wilde shared with us the deals between Formula 1 teams and lubricant brands for the 2018 season and the details of these partnerships.

 

There have been some changes in the lubricant suppliers of Formula 1 teams for 2018. How do you evaluate these changes in general?

The 2018 Formula One regulates reduction in power units available through the season from four to three. This reduction dictates a focus on reliability over performance for both power unit manufacturers and fuel and lubricant suppliers. This change will favor teams with long-standing partnerships such as Ferrari and Shell or Mercedes and Petronas. Optimization of performance and reliability may be more of a challenge for BP/Castrol supplied Renault and McLaren who returned to the sport in 2017, and ExxonMobil who have to split development resources across two power unit configurations in Red Bull Racing with Renault and Toro Rosso with Honda. Petrobras returns to Formula One for 2018 with McLaren, for this season the return will be in branding only, and it is expected that Petrobras products will be used by the team from 2019.

Jon Wilde

Do the decisions on lubricant brand change affect the performance of engines, technical teams and pilots?

Decisions around the formulation of fuel and lubricant compounds have a huge impact on the performance of a power unit in Formula One. In general, fuel and lubricant partnerships are aligned to the power unit supply. For example, all teams using Ferrari power units will be supplied by Shell, and all teams using Mercedes Power units will be supplied by Petronas. The development roadmap for fuel and lubricant compounds will be jointly defined by the supplier and power unit manufacturer. At any given time Shell will have up to 65 development compounds under evaluation for Ferrari. These compounds will be developed in pursuit of specific criteria, be it reliability, outright performance, acceleration, or efficiency. Shell work alongside their partner Ferrari to offer the most appropriate technical solution for the challenges the team faces through a season. 

Which factors play a role in selecting or changing the lubricant brand that Formula 1 teams use in their engines?

Lubricant and fuel partnerships in Formula One are more often than not a product of a broader commercial relationship. For example, the Renault F1 Team switched from Total to BP/Castrol in 2017 as a result of a broader commercial agreement between Renault and BP/Castrol. The wider partnership with the automotive group will include an agreement in which Castrol lubricant is used as ‘first fill’ on all new Renault car sales and BP is documented as a preferred fuel partner. Performance characteristics of a specific lubricant within motorsport are defined as a partnership develops.

How much do the lubricant brands influence the success of the teams?

Through the 2016 F1 season it was reported as much as 20 percent of the in-season performance gains seen by Ferrari were a result of their partnership with Shell. During Total’s most recent tenure in F1 the business focused on reducing the volume of lubricant required within a power unit. In reducing volume, the team was able to reduce overall vehicle weight which has a direct impact on performance. In short, an integrated fuel and lubricant supplier can have a significant impact on the performance and success of an F1 team.

11.4.2018 10:24:00
3505

Worldwide - Last Added

ExxonMobil to enhance Group II base stocks supply

ExxonMobil to enhance Group II base stocks supply

ExxonMobil announced that it has completed an expansion at its Singapore refinery to upgrade its production of EHC™ Group II base stocks, strengthening the global supply of ...

11.7.2019 11:05:00
43
Nynas launches base oil compliant with FDA regulations

Nynas launches base oil compliant with FDA regulations

Pure and crystal clear, NYNAS® S 3B is the latest base oil that Nynas is adding to its portfolio. Distilled from selected crude streams with unrivalled know-how of high ...

9.7.2019 15:44:00
115
HOP! selects Turbonycoil 600 for its fleet of Embraer, CRJ and ATR

HOP! selects Turbonycoil 600 for its fleet of Embraer, CRJ and ATR

NYCO announces that HOP!, Air France regional subsidiary, recently selected Turbonycoil® 600, a synthetic standard turbine oil, for use in its mixed fleet. HOP!’s ...

24.5.2019 18:00:00
277
Ingevity opens a dedicated lubricants laboratory in the Asia-Pacific region

Ingevity opens a dedicated lubricants laboratory in the Asia-Pacific region

Ingevity has established a dedicated lubricants laboratory in Shanghai, China, to better serve customers in the Asia-Pacific region with new technologies and innovations. The ...

15.5.2019 10:53:00
229
AMINOL to produce 4 LL oil for diesel locomotives

AMINOL to produce 4 LL oil for diesel locomotives

Azerbaijani lubricant brand AMINOL announced that it received “Fundamental Approval” from the world giant General Electric (GE) for the AMINOL M-14D2 lubricating ...

25.4.2019 16:32:00
490
New Orleans to host ACI’s 2019 US Base Oils & Lubricants Summit in August

New Orleans to host ACI’s 2019 US Base Oils & Lubricants Summit in August

ACI’s 2019 US Base Oils & Lubricants Summit will take place in New Orleans, LA on the 28th & 29th of August.  The two day event will bring together professionals ...

10.4.2019 16:35:00
366
6th ICIS & ELGI Industrial Lubricants Conference to take place in Amsterdam

6th ICIS & ELGI Industrial Lubricants Conference to take place in Amsterdam

The 6th ICIS & ELGI Industrial Lubricants Conference will take place in Amsterdam on 18-19 June with the theme "strengthening lubricant performance by focusing on innovative ...

9.4.2019 17:30:00
418
Gazpromneft oil brand to be approved for food processing equipment

Gazpromneft oil brand to be approved for food processing equipment

Gazpromneft-Lubricants, the operator of Gazprom Neft’s oil business, has recently got an international non-profit organization NSF International * H1 category (accidental ...

9.4.2019 16:47:00
346
Moscow will host the 4th International MWFIL Conference

Moscow will host the 4th International MWFIL Conference

The 4th International Conference “Metalworking Fluids and Industrial Lubricants in Metallurgy, Mechanical Processing and Machine Building 2019 will take place on May 28 in ...

22.3.2019 15:16:00
251
”Michael 50” exhibition opens at Ferrari Museum

”Michael 50” exhibition opens at Ferrari Museum

Fans and representatives of Scuderia Ferrari Clubs from all over Europe are flocking to the Ferrari Museum today for the opening of the ‘Michael 50’ exhibition on the ...

18.1.2019 14:03:00
720