BARCELONA: En De Liow from Malaysia is the winner of Petronas Lubricant International’s (PLI) 2020 global search for a Petronas Trackside Fluid Engineer (PTFE).
En, 26, will function as a member of Petronas’ trackside team to provide six-time FIA Formula 1 World Constructors’ Champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, with fluid-related support services throughout the twenty-two races this championship season.
PTFEs operate a compact lab for fluid-related service activities at races around the world alongside the best engineers and scientists in the field. This includes conducting on-site performance analysis of the fluids within the power units, and providing the team with real-time input about the health of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance’s mechanical parts
“It is not often that you are presented with opportunities such as this and I am very grateful to be given this chance. Working in Formula 1 has been a life-long dream and I look forward to learning and growing with the team and giving my best throughout this new and incredible experience,” said En, who will be working alongside last year’s PTFE search winner, Stephanie Travers.
The second edition of the PTFE search required applicants to go through competitive rounds that tests their technical, inter-personal, communication skills and teamwork.
Having successfully completed a rigorous selection process, the automotive engineer impressed the judges during the final selection rounds, which concluded with an interview with PLI Group managing director and chief executive officer Giuseppe D’Arrigo.
“Congratulations to En De for becoming our latest PTFE. As an organization, we are passionate about investing in young talent for the innovative ideas they bring to the organization and to the development of high-end fluid technology for our partners and consumers,” said D’Arrigo.
“To be in the thick of Formula 1 action is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will enrich him professionally and personally, and we wish En as well as the team all the best this championship season.”
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team principal and chief executive officer Toto Wolff said: “As we move into our second decade of partnership with Petronas, I am delighted to welcome En De Liow to the team as our new PTFE. The brand’s talent development programme has brought real benefit to our trackside provision, while our PTFE engineers have gained invaluable experience through their exposure to the fast-paced, driven world of F1,”
“We are extremely grateful for the role that they have played and will continue to play in our success. Our relationship with Petronas is at the core of our team’s competitiveness: En De joining last year’s winner Stephanie in our on-track lab will give us even more opportunity to gain real-time performance advantages. We look forward to the start of the 2020 season together.”
Petronas in close collaboration with the technical team at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) co-engineered Petronas Fluid Technology Solutions which includes Petronas Primax fuel, Petronas Syntium engine oil and Petronas Tutela functional fluids
Established in 2008, PLI is the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of Petronas. Currently ranked among the top 10, they manufacture and market a full range of automotive and industrial lubricants products in over 90 markets globally.
They are at present aggressively driving business growth with the agenda to secure its position as a leading global lubricants company. For more information visit www.pli-petronas.com.