Interview to Mike Evans (Formula One Fuels Project Leader from Shell).
Q: What exactly do we think is going on with the competitive 1-1.2 seconds advantage, Mercedes split turbo, and where is Ferrari on this deal and what do we think Ferrari is struggling with?
A: It's being in everything together, I think. Ferrari is making big advances in the last races to be more competitive. Mercedes has done a really good job. Everything is well engineered and well packaged. They've got the engine which is efficient, they've packaged it all and made the car smaller and reduce the size of the radiators, and some aspects like that. This improves the whole package and the whole performance. But obviously Ferrari is catching on quickly. There is a big pressure on us to help them on the fuel side. Fuels are now more and more important. More so than they have been in the last 20 or 30 years...
Q: Splitting the turbo as Mercedes does, seems like a brilliant idea?
A: My understanding is that Ferrari's turbo and system are very similar to the Mercedes. I must admit I don't know that from gospel, but that's the word I've had. It is a similar type of approach. Whether it has been developed to the same degree or not, I am not sure, unfortunately.
Q: Is that worth a 1 second, second and an half?
A: No I don't think so. I think is the whole packaging together.
He also says they have a new fuel coming for Spain (if they can get it on time).