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PETRONAS launches new range of PETRONAS Syntium with Toto, Lewis and Valtteri

Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport joined PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) today as the lubricant specialists launched the new range of PETRONAS Syntium with °CoolTech™ at its state-of-the-art Research & Technology Centre in Turin, Italy. The new series is designed to fight excessive engine heat and perform in high-pressure conditions. It marks PETRONAS’ entry into the hybrid car engine lubricant market and is the latest example of Formula One technology making its way from the track to the road car world.

2019 Pre-Season Test I, Day 1

The Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ completes 150 laps on the first day of pre-season testing Date:                           Monday, 18 February 2019 Drivers:                       Valtteri Bottas (AM), Lewis Hamilton (PM) Circuit:                        Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit Length:            4.655 km Laps Completed:         Valtteri 69, Lewis 81, Total 150 Distance Covered:       Valtteri 321, Lewis 377, Total 698 Best Lap Time:             Valtteri 1:20.127, Lewis 1:20;135 […]

McLaren focused on reliability

McLaren have “taken some measures” to boost reliability ahead of February’s first pre-season test, says CEO Zak Brown. Last year, their first with Renault power, McLaren were dogged by reliability issues in testing. McLaren suffered five separate breakdowns over the course of a troubled eight days although a late surge saw Fernando Alonso finished second fastest overall. The Woking team covered just 599 laps, fewer than Sebastian Vettel managed alone. This year Brown says they are taking steps to avoid a repeat performance. “I don’t want to share in detail some of the things we’re doing differently this off-season than we did last season,” he told RACER. “We are doing things differently, to be more prepared, not just with performance but we had a lot of reliability issues going into Barcelona testing last year. So we have taken some measures to get ahead of that. “We will continue to develop as all F1 teams do, on a weekly basis, and we’ll bring to Australia our most developed performance that we’ve been doing here since we started developing the car and having reliability programs to make sure [it is better]. “One of the reasons why we were slower to bring performance (in 2018) is because we had reliability issues. “You roll off the truck in Barcelona, instead of being able to get straight down to performance, you’re having issues — wheel nut issues, heating issues — you then stop focusing on performance and you start focusing on reliability. “The team did a good job to give us reliability coming out of Spain testing, to have cars both finish in the points in Australia. “We’re in a better place performance wise and reliability coming into winter testing.”

Q & A with Carlos Sainz

How was your first day as a McLaren driver? It’s been an intense three days! After the race finished in Abu Dhabi, we’ve been full steam ahead on 2019. I’ve been learning names of my new colleagues, how the car works, how the system works, also building relationships with the engineers – and that has gone all to plan. Thanks to the 150 laps I did at the test, I can go into winter with a lot of information to analyse.

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