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MAHLE Motorsport in Formula 1.

The top tier of motorsport and MAHLE Motorsport are made for each other. Both have maximum performance in their genes, both represent the peak of what is technically feasible. For over 45 years, we have been pushing technological boundaries with Scuderia Ferrari. These days, as technology partner, we supply the iconic team with components such as pistons, as well as innovative technologies such as the lean-burn combustion system MAHLE Jet Ignition®.

10 Teams
20 Drivers
21 Racetracks

Upcoming Challenges.

Melbourne, Australia - 2019-03-17
307,574KMRace distance
1:24.125 Lap record
58 Number of Laps
5.303KMCircuit Length
308,238KMRace distance
1:31.447 Lap record
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5.412KMCircuit Length
305,066KMRace distance
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5.451KMCircuit Length
306.049KMRace distance
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6.003KMCircuit Length
307.104KMRace distance
1:18.441 Lap record
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4.655KMCircuit Length
260.286KMRace distance
1:14.260 Lap record
78 Number of Laps
3.337KMCircuit Length
305.27KMRace distance
1:13.622 Lap record
70 Number of Laps
4.361KMCircuit Length
309.69KMRace distance
1:34.225 Lap record
53 Number of Laps
5.842KMCircuit Length
306.452KMRace distance
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71 Number of Laps
4.318KMCircuit Length
306.198KMRace distance
1:30.621 Lap record
52 Number of Laps
5.891KMCircuit Length
306.458KMRace distance
1:13.780 Lap record
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4.574KMCircuit Length
306.63KMRace distance
1:19.071 Lap record
70 Number of Laps
4.381KMCircuit Length
308.052KMRace distance
1:46.286 Lap record
44 Number of Laps
7.004KMCircuit Length
306.72KMRace distance
1:21.046 Lap record
53 Number of Laps
5.793KMCircuit Length
308.706KMRace distance
1:41.905 Lap record
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5.063KMCircuit Length
309.745KMRace distance
1:35.861 Lap record
53 Number of Laps
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307.471KMRace distance
1:31.540 Lap record
53 Number of Laps
5.807KMCircuit Length
308.405KMRace distance
1:37.392 Lap record
56 Number of Laps
5.513KMCircuit Length
305.354KMRace distance
1:18.741 Lap record
71 Number of Laps
4.304KMCircuit Length
305.879KMRace distance
1:10.540 Lap record
71 Number of Laps
4.309KMCircuit Length
305.355KMRace distance
1:40.279 Lap record
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5.554KMCircuit Length

The Drivers.

Charles Leclerc.

Charles Leclerc will take on his second Formula 1 season in 2019 – and is regarded as one of the most talented drivers in the field. In 2018, he finished in 13th place in the driver’s championship for the Alfa Romeo Sauber team. He had previously attracted attention in other single-seater race series. Leclerc won the GP3 series in 2016, one year later he claimed the title in Formula 2. Now he is aiming for the top with Scuderia Ferrari in Formula 1.

Sebastian Vettel.

Sebastian Vettel is set to contest his fifth season for Scuderia Ferrari in 2019. In 2018 he finished in second place in the driver’s championship. Vettel contested his first races in the top tier in 2007, and just three years later he claimed his first championship title among the drivers. Vettel followed up this victory with three further titles in the three years that followed. Vettel has picked up a total of 13 wins and started from pole position ten times for Scuderia Ferrari up to the end of 2018.


Scuderia Ferrari is the only team that has been continuously represented in Formula 1 since the first season in 1950. The SF90 is the 65th single-seater car that Ferrari has developed for race action in the top tier. The car for the 2019 clearly features a number of detailed changes compared to its predecessor, thanks largely to the amendments to the technical regulations.


For the 2019 season, a maximum of five different versions of dry tyres will be used. Three of which will be used each weekend, which will be divided into soft (red marking), medium (yellow) and hard (white); there will also be the heavy wet rain tyres (blue) and intermediates (green).


For the 2019 season, the aerodynamics regulations were changed. In future, the front wings will be 2.00 metres wide instead of 1.80 metres and will have a much simpler design. The rear wing is ten centimetres wider and seven centimetres higher than before. This should make it easier for the drivers to drive close behind a rival since the “dirty air” will be reduced.


The halo is a curved bracket with a supporting bar in the middle over the otherwise open driver’s cockpit. It was introduced in 2018 and is designed to protect the drivers from flying parts.


In 2019, the minimum weight of a Formula 1 car increases by 10 kg to 743 kg. The weight of the car must not drop below this figure at any point throughout the entire race weekend. This minimum weight includes 80 kilogrammes for the driver, including his equipment and seat. At the same time, the maximum amount of fuel permitted rises from 105 to 110 kg.

Electric engines.

In addition to the 1.6-litre turbo, two electric engines drive a Formula 1 car. The MGU-H gets its energy from the exhaust of the turbocharger, the MGU-K recuperates kinetic energy when braking. The maximum release of electric power is limited per lap.


The heart of the Formula 1 powertrain is a V6 engine with turbocharger and 1.6 litres capacity. The power unit consists of several components: the internal combustion engine - a 1.6 litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection V6; two electric motors, the ES battery and motors electronic control unit. At Scuderia Ferrari, among other things, MAHLE is involved in the supply of special pistons as well as in the context of development tasks.


A Formula 1 gearbox has eight forward gears and one reverse gear. The driver uses rockers on the steering wheel to switch gears sequentially and needs the clutch also operated by hand only on starting. In 2018, each gearbox had to last for at least six races.

Rear wing.

Changes to regulations mean the dimensions of the rear wing are also different in 2019. It is now 870 mm high, instead of 800 mm, while the width has increased from 950 to 1050 mm. The end plates are also 100 mm longer and now house a pair of LED rear lights at the edge of the wing.

Engine cover.

The engine cover of the new SF90 is considerably narrower than that of its predecessor, the SF71H. This is because Scuderia Ferrari has managed to reduce the space taken up by engine components and attachments. The new layout allows for an improved airflow to the rear wing and thus for optimised aerodynamic properties.

Front wing.

The front wing is one of the most important components of the car. Not only does it generate downforce, but it also conditions the quality of airflow over the rear, which is a key factor in delivering effective aerodynamics. In 2019, the front wing must be exactly two metres wide – the same width as the car. The number of horizontal aerodynamic elements cannot exceed five.

Ferrari and MAHLE are on the same level in terms of know-how and competence when it comes to the products they are developing. It's a great partnership.

Mattia Binotti, Team Principal, Scuderia Ferrari

MAHLE Developments.

Test lab at top level.

For MAHLE Motorsport, Formula 1 is about more than wins. Our innovations and
components are used in the most challenging of conditions here. Only when they
have passed this extreme test are our ideas ready for the next step: series

Power and performance:

In Formula 1, our lightweight pistons accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 0.001 seconds. Up to four million ignition processes take place in one single race. That puts the material under great strain. For this reason, MAHLE uses specific materials and coatings, in order to ensure that the pistons in the Ferrari Formula 1 car are both extremely efficient and particularly durable.

MAHLE Jet Ignition®:

The MAHLE Jet Ignition® is one of our innovations for Scuderia Ferrari. With the innovative combustion process, we are using a patented solution that significantly increases efficiency. This is made possible by a special surface ignition. In motorsport this means: more performance. But we are developing the technology further for series vehicles since we are also increasingly effectiveness significantly with these.

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