Ferrari seeks oil advantage
Ferrari will be able to make use of a radical oil strategy option from this weekend's Australian Grand Prix to help boost its chances of victory, with its lubricants partner Shell offering different types of oil throughout the weekend in a bid to maximise performance.

In a move that is being hailed by Shell as a 'revolutionary approach to race strategy', the company is offering oils with a higher or lower level of viscosity over its regular product so as to make sure performance is at its best on each day of the grand prix weekend.

The different oils will be utilised to make the most of varying temperatures during a race weekend, in a bid to ensure that engine life with the new long-life power-units is not compromised.

The thicker oil will be used at higher temperatures to aid engine life while lower temperatures will allow the use of a thinner oil to help improve performance.

Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn said: "A key factor for success in 2005 is knowing exactly how hard to push the engines.

"Having developed a portfolio of oils with Shell, we should be able to push the engines harder for longer without compromising track time or engine wear during practice sessions.”
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