Ferrari, Shell extend agreement through 2015

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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:

“The extension of our relationship with Shell up to the end of 2015 is yet another step in the Scuderia’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,” commented Stefano Domenicali. “Shell 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.”

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 – 10 Constructors’ and 12 Drivers’ – 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.

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