McLaren-Honda Mobil 1


There are two key roles that Mobil 1™ engine oil must play to help keep a Grand Prix engine running like new. The first is keeping the internal surfaces in the engine clean and free from deposit buildup. The second is preventing wear. If we fulfil both of these roles, the drivers and the team can begin each race with the confidence to win.

Specs Time to shift gear = 50ms

Speed 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph): 1.7 seconds

Race car: McLaren-Honda MP4-31

A Grand Prix race car engine can rev up to 15,000 rpm, the gearbox withstanding 3,000 gearshifts per race, and engine oil exposed to temperatures of up to 300°C / 572°F. Our job isn’t easy under these circumstances. Mobil 1 lubricants separate and cool more than 300 moving parts, withstand engine forces thousands of times greater than the force of gravity and protect against the stresses generated from a car with a total Power Unit output of 900 brake horsepower (bhp).


Mike Frost Mobil 1 Racing Technical Advisor

Mobil 1 Technician

Providing immediate feedback to the team, using our ExxonMobil Products Technology Laboratory. The technician works with an oil analyser, which can measure numerous different elements to tenths of a part per million. We are able to accurately measure the particles in the engine oil, gear oil and hydraulic oil. In addition we’re able to give highly detailed information back to the team on the health and condition of the engine and gearbox, improving reliability and performance.


Mike Frost Mobil 1 Racing Technical Advisor

Our service is really crucial to the team. We are like a microscope that inspects inside the engine to give the team that extra little bit of knowledge to allow them to finish a race.

Mike Frost is a Racing Technical Advisor at ExxonMobil and is a key part of the team that develops and monitors the fuel and lubricants package for the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. In the pit lane garage for every race, Mike is responsible for the analysis of lubricant and fuel performance. He is an integral part of the overall success of the car.

Jonathan Neale Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Technology Group

Eric Boullier Racing Director

Race Team

Mobil 1 and the McLaren-Honda team have the longest-running relationship of a Grand Prix race team and an oil company. We’ve been in the McLaren-Honda garage for more than 300 Championship races since 1995. Before and after the races, we’re there at McLaren Technology Centre working on technological developments alongside their technicians and mechanics.


Jonathan Neale Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Technology Group

There’s no way a small race business like McLaren Racing would be able to perform on a world stage if it wasn’t for high-quality technical partners like ExxonMobil.

Jonathan Neale joined McLaren Racing as Operations Director in 2001 after a decorated aerospace engineering career and was tasked with overseeing the race team’s operations and engineering processes. He was appointed the company’s Managing Director in 2004, supervising all technical and operational strategy for the whole team. In 2016, Jonathan was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the McLaren Technology Group.

Eric BoullierRacing Director

ExxonMobil has designed a bespoke engine oil, gear oil and fuel for us that’s been optimized around the Honda power unit. The result is a beautifully packaged piece of kit, and it’s an area around which we’ll continue to push development throughout the season.

Drawn to the track through a childhood fascination of racing cars, Eric enjoyed early career success in the World Series by Nissan and France’s A1 Grand Prix, overseeing several of the sport’s best young drivers. After catching the eye of McLaren Chairman, Ron Dennis by masterminding the re-emergence of Lotus as one of F1’s top contenders, Eric was appointed McLaren’s racing director at the start of the 2014 season.

Jenson Button Birth: Jan 19, 1980
Joined Team: 2010

Fernando Alonso Birth: July 29, 1981
Joined team: 2015

The Drivers

Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso know that Mobil 1™ lubricants help to reduce friction and wear in all the moving parts of their cars. What does this mean to them? More power in their hands and increased engine reliability on the track.


Jenson Button

Using Mobil 1 engine oil allows us to run the engine hotter. The advantage to me is that we can reduce drag on the straights and increase downforce in the corners for faster lap times, giving us more opportunities to overtake and win races.

From early victories on the karting track, where he won the British Super Prix aged just nine, to realising his dream of becoming world F1 champion with Brawn GP in 2009, Jenson Button is one of the paddock’s most respected drivers. Arriving at McLaren-Honda as reigning world champion in 2010, Jenson has since claimed a series of spectacular victories, podium places and top-ten overall finishes in the drivers’ championship.

Date of birth - January 19 1980
Titles - 2009 world champion

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso

It is very important for me and for the whole team to have partners like Mobil 1 that are passionate about racing and have the desire to win.

As McLaren rekindled its iconic partnership with Honda in 2015, two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso also made a sensational return to the team he first joined in 2007. With over 30 career wins, 20 pole positions and 90 podium finishes to his name, Fernando has taken on the challenge of winning his third career championship and returning McLaren-Honda to the top step of the podium.

Date of birth - July 29, 1981
Titles - 2005, 2006 World Champion