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Formula One: Seb’s Summer Job Swap

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As the Formula One circus heads into the traditional summer break Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took some time to try his hand at a very different kind of high speed performance vehicle.

In the first of  series of Job Swap Challenges developed by the Shell V-Power team, Sebastian Vettel handed over the keys of a Ferrari 488 GTB to Alex Knapton, a South Central Ambulance Service paramedic with more than 1300 call emergency call outs to his name, who in return gave Vettel the keys to his florescent pride and joy! The challenge; which driver could set the fastest lap time in vehicles somewhat different to those used in their day job! Although with Alex behind the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GTB with a top speed of over 200 mph, and Sebastian trying his hand in a 3 tonne Ambulance with a top speed of only 88 mph, the advantage going into the challenge was clear.

After a morning of mutual tutoring the two went head to head against the clock, check out the results here:

Speaking about the challenge Sebastian commented: “Paramedics play an essential role in motorsport around the world and not just in Formula 1. They need to perform to such high standards every day because people’s lives depends on them”

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Alex went on to add “Getting the opportunity to swap the ambulance for the Ferrari 488 GTB was a dream come true! It was an unbelievable experience to get that close to one of the stars of Formula 1. Sebastian was on great form coaching on high performance driving tips and joking about the lack of a radio in the ambulance.”

The continually novel approach from Shell to bring the virtues of Shell V-Power Nitro + to life are incredibly impressive. The innovations Shell bring to the track through the long standing partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, whilst focused on bringing performance to the racing team, are ultimately developed with the forecourt and the customer in mind. 99% of the compounds used in fuel used to go racing is seen in V-Power fuels for the road.

Hopefully Alex’s experience will have convinced him and the South Central Ambulance Service to use Shell V-Power in future… … maybe that will help him find that missing 7 seconds!

Follow the Shell Motorsport team on Twitter here

Formula One: Doping in Motorsport

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The IAAF, International Association of Athletics Federation, has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for the way in which it chooses to respond to a growing number of reports of failed doping tests for competitive athletes.

Motorsport until now has seen very few incidents in which competitors have been found to have fallen foul of the rulebook. It was with interest then to discover in the FIA AUTO publication that of doping tests carried out amongst competitors in 2014, 3.6% delivered a positive result. The article does not detail the total number of tests carried out, or the series in which the tests took place, but 3.6% is an alarmingly high number.

The FIA is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code, and so is bound by the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (found here) this is the same code to which the IAAF is a signatory.

The FIA are tackling the issue head with the introduction of the ‘Race True – Anti Doping Educations Programme’ led by Sandra Silveira-Camargo, FIA head of Medical Affairs. The first session of this sort took place at the Belgian round of the World Endurance Championship. Should the training prove successful it will be repeated through F1, WRC, WRX, WTCC, F3, and Formula E.

Whilst no details of what constituents a positive result in a doping test have been revealed, nor the names of any participants involved. The 2014 results show that the issue of doping in motorsport does exist and it can not be ignored.

The FIA Auto Magazine from which this information was sourced can be found here

 

IndyCar: VIDEO -100th Running of the Indy 500

This weekend will see the 100th running of the Indy 500 take place. Mobil One’s the Grid explore the history of the event and interview previous race winners including; Juan Pablo Montoya, Vin Diesel Tony Kanaan, and Ryan Hunter Reay, Alongside drivers bidding to find success around the brickyard such as Marco Andretti.

In addition to sharing dates, the Indy 500 shares the accolade of the jewel in motorsport crown with the Monaco Grand Prix. With an expected track side audience of 400,000 and a global viewing audience in the 100 millions, wining the Indy 500, like winning around Monaco raises a driver to truly iconic status.