Ferrari will keep running Shell fuel and other products through 2015, the team announced today.
Anyone think Stefano Domenicali walked into the final meeting and held up a photo of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa standing on top of the Bahrain podium?
Here’s Stefano from the Ferrari press release:
â€œThe extension of our relationship with Shell up to the end of 2015 is yet another step in the Scuderiaâ€™s plan to strengthen its long term future and is also a clear sign of continuity and the confidence placed in Ferrari by a company that is a world leader in its field,â€ commented Stefano Domenicali. â€œShell has been with the Scuderia from the year it was established in 1929 and has played a significant role in many of our successes. Striving for excellence, a passion for competition, team work, technology transfer from track to street: these are the values we share with Shell and which characterise what is a unique partnership in the history of motor sport.â€
Ferrari also notes that the arrangement with Shell has been pretty darn successful:
The announcement of the renewal coincides with the 450th Formula 1 Grand Prix that the Scuderia has contested using Shell fuels and lubricants. To date, the partnership has garnered 22 world titles â€“ 10 Constructorsâ€™ and 12 Driversâ€™ â€“ along with 154 race wins.
This one isn’t huge news, I know, but in a season when sponsorships and other arrangements are fairly high profile given the economy, it’s worth noting.
So… duly noted.