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Winning Formula One Racer Did It On Ethanol

Ferrari Formula One

In brief: The winning Formula One World Championship racer this past weekend was the Ferrari car, driven by Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, who won the Bahrain Grand Prix using a Shell mixture of ethanol in its race fuel.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Ferrari Formula One
Manufacturer: Ferrari

The word

Ferrari Formula One

The Federation Internationale de Automobile (FIA) has a new President and he mandated continuance of green initiatives in the racing league. This year, that meant requiring a mix of bio-fuel in every car.

For the Ferrari team and their fuel sponsor, Shell, the answer was in a special blend based on straw as the cellulose source for ethanol in the F1's tank.

And so ...

Having given up on the KERS system, Formula One is now working on alt-fuels and changing regulations to force drivers to drive with more fuel-efficiency as part of the strategy.

Photo credits: Ferrari Formula One

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