{WATCH] Anele chats to PETRONAS F1 Trackside Fluid Engineer, Stephanie Travers

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Hello Stephanie, I am the person that was told not to bite you! My name is Anele and one of the top 10 PETRONAS fans in the world.

Anele, 947 Breakfast Club

Stephanie Travers was part of the more than 7,000 applicants who applied to be Formula 1 trackside fluid engineer with PETRONAS.

The year-long process was in preparation for the 2019 Formula 1 season. According to Giuseppe D’Ariggo, the Managing Director and Group CEO of PETRONAS Lubricants International.

_“More than 7,000 applicants applied for the job, we were looking for the best.” - Giuseppe D’Ariggo

For A’Driggo, the best had to be talented, young, people with competence and full of passion for the sport 🏎️

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It's no secret that Stephanie Travers is the real deal and her work with PETRONAS has been absolutely fascinating and incredibly important.

Anele sat down and had a chat to her about life as a Trackside Fluid Engineer in one of the most fast-paced, high-pressure industries to apply your craft.

Stephanie was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and scaled through a five-stage selection process which culminated in an interview with the CEO of PETRONAS, D’Ariggo.

In the announcement video that welcomes Stephanie into the Mercedes-AMG family, D’Ariggo said...

We found some great minds and very talented people but we only had to find one. And this person I am very pleased to announce to you today is Stephanie Trevors. Stephanie will join the trackside team which is led by Ahmad Nasri.

Giuseppe D’Ariggo, the Managing Director and Group CEO of PETRONAS Lubricants International

It was so hard for me to put into words... that moment was so surreal. It's something I always dreamt of - to work in the Formula 1 one day.

Stephanie Travers, PETRONAS Trackside Fluid Engineer

I feel like I'm living in a dream; every day is a dream to me and I'm thoroughly enjoying it and living in the moment.

Stephanie Travers, PETRONAS tTackside Fluid Engineer

PETRONAS is the title sponsor and technical partner for the Mercedes-Benz team. We provide the fluids that go into the car. As a trackside fluid engineer, I am checking to ensure that we are compliant with the FIA regulations and monitoring the reliability of the car as a whole. We could get disqualified if the fluid is not in compliance.

Stephanie Travers, PETRONAS Trackside Fluid Engineer

The conversation continues to get more and more interesting as Stephanie address the differences between the fuel that goes into road cars and the fuel that goes into Formula 1 cars.

Of course, as a petrolhead and Formula 1 superfan, Anele asked a collection of fascinating and incredibly relevant questions that really kept our interest peaked during the conversation.

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Petroliam Nasional Berhad (National Petroleum Limited), commonly known as Petronas, is a Malaysian oil and gas company. Established in 1974 and wholly owned by the Government of Malaysia, the corporation is vested with the entire oil and gas resources in Malaysia and is entrusted with the responsibility of developing and adding value to these resources. Petronas is ranked among Fortune Global 500's largest corporations in the world. Fortune ranks Petronas as the 158th largest company in the world in 2019.

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