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I had the opportunity to visit the Shell Eco-Marathons this weekend in Houston and as luck would have it, I bumped into the team leader of Shell’s Formula 1 fuel development program, Mike Evans. You’ve most likely heard our conversations with Guy Lovett and know how much we think of him but Mike is equally singular in his passion for motor sport and he, like Guy, is one of the nicest people you will meet in the paddock.

Mike is the proverbial Charlie Whiting of the Shell Eco-Marathon event and he’s also a keen driver having won some club championships in the 90’s in the UK. I took the opportunity to ask Mike not only about the Eco-Marathon but about F1 in general. Here is what you’ll learn:

  • Mercedes AMG Petronas’s spilt turbo and Ferrari’s similar system
  • What Ferrari are currently struggling with
  • The departure of Stefano Domenicali
  • The fuel and lubricant performance so far
  • Which fuel iteration the team are currently on
  • The opportunity of engine performance upgrades and how that is handled
  • Much, much more.

Don’t miss this rare behind-the-scenes look into the world of Formula 1 from the eyes of a superlative mind in the technology side of the business. Apologies for the wind noise, I can’t control the wind but I tried.

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An F1 fan since 1972, NC has spent over 25 years in the technology industry and as a CTO, he focuses on technology integration in commercial workspace design, AV systems integration, digital media strategies, technology planning, consulting, speaking, presenting, sales, content strategy, marketing and brand building.
  • Thanks once again for an interesting podcast and thanks for asking about the fuel/engine relation. I’ve since read somewhere that part of McLaren’s problem is that Mobil1 hasn’t yet been able to tune their fuel to the Mercedes engine the way Petronas has been able to (possibly due to preferred treatment as Mercedes supplier and main sponsor, though that’s just my own guess) with Petronas supplying all the remaining Mercedes powered teams.