One day before the drivers in the Mexico F1 Grand Prix hit the Hermanos Rodríguez track for test laps, ExxonMobil and the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team, together with team driver Daniel Ricciardo, held an event to announce the arrival of Synergy fuels and Mobil 1 lubricants to the Mexican market
As a sponsor of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team, ExxonMobil has worked intensively to develop lubricant and fuel technology to power F1 vehicles. This past Thursday at Torre Reforma in Mexico City, the company announced the technology’s availability to the general public, providing road vehicles the same level of responsiveness as that provided to cars on the racetrack.
“For each race, engineers analyze, test and evaluate over 50 samples of lubricants and fuels at Mobil’s laboratory to ensure the RB14 (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s car) is in optimal condition to deliver a top performance,” said David Tsurusaki, Global Director of Automotive Technology at ExxonMobil, at the event celebrating the arrival of Synergy fuels and Mobil 1 lubricants to the Mexican market. “This level of analysis provides valuable information to ExxonMobil’s chemists and engineers who work on the next generation of products, which are also open for conventional vehicles.”
At the event, ExxonMobil’s executives mentioned several times the opportunities that the Energy Reform had opened for companies to introduce new fuel solutions, providing consumers with alternatives choices. ExxonMobil made Synergy available in Mexico in late 2017, allowing consumers to improve their cars’ performance while increasing fuel efficiency. In the press release the company shared at the event, it is also highlighted ExxonMobil’s commitment to have 200 service stations by the end of 2018 located in the Bajio and the center and north of the country.
ExxonMobil also invited Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo to the event. The driver urged Mexican consumers to choose fuels and lubricants that can prod the best performance from their vehicles. “As drivers, we always want to drive faster,” he said. “However, in Mexico, efficiency is the most important thing, especially when you are sitting in traffic.”
Ricciardo secured pole position for Sunday’s race but the Australian’s run of bad lack continued on race day. Ricciardo was forced to abandon the race on lap 61. The Mexico race marked the eighth time Ricciardo had to drop out due to malfunctions with the car, which Ricciardo said was cursed. After the race, Ricciardo confessed that he felt helpless about the situation, adding that there was no point in doing the next two races. “Just things are happening on a Sunday that I’ve got no more explanation for. I don’t know,” he said. “The car … I’ll let (Pierre) Gasly drive it, I’m done with it.” Gasly will become the new second driver for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, joining Sunday’s winner Max Verstappen for the 2019 season. Ricciardo is slated to become the main driver for the Renault Sport Formula One team.
Ricciardo is sixth in the F1 Driver Standings with 146 points behind his teammate Max Verstappen, currently in fifth place with 216 points. The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team is in third in the Constructor Standings with 362 points, behind only Mercedes (585 points) and Ferrari (530 points). There are still two races to go, in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, but the driver’s championship winner has already been decided. Britain’s Lewis Hamilton secured his fifth world title at the Mexico Grand Prix, becoming one of only three drivers in history to hold five F1 championships together with Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. The Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport driver has a contract until 2020, which means that there is still a chance for Hamilton to become the driver with the most wins in history.
The data used in this article was sourced from ExxonMobil, F1, El Universal and news.com.au.