Shell expands Ferrari partnership into WEC

British oil company has association with Italian F1 team dating back to 1929.

Oil giant Shell has expanded its long-running relationship with Ferrari to include the Italian marque's entry in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Confirmed:

  • Partnership centres on the provision of lubricants and coolants
  • It will also focus on sustainability, assessing the provision of sustainable biofuels and other solutions to decarbonise the racing team’s broader operations
  • The agreement also extends Shell's partnership with the single-make Ferrari Challenge Series

Context: Ferrari returned to the top level of endurance racing for the first time since 1973 at the recent season-opening round in Sebring. Shell sponsored the team that year, and so returns in partnership with the Italian team. This represents the expansion of one of the longest running associations in motorsport, a partnership that dates back to 1929.

Comment: Benedetto Vigna, chief executive of Ferrari, said: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Shell as we return to the top class of endurance racing with the Ferrari 499P in the LMH category. The collaboration between our two brands is one of the longest running in the motorsport history and we look forward to continuing the journey together as we return to Le Mans in the top class.”

Coming next: WEC returns for its second round of the season at the Six Hours of Portimão on 16th April.

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