DHL Wraps Up 2022 Formula 1 Season With Fastest Lap And Pit Stop Awards

As the 2022 Formula 1 season comes to an end at the Formula 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2022 in the United Arab Emirates, the series’ Official Logistics Partner DHL awards Max Verstappen with his first-ever DHL Fastest Lap Award. The world champion was the fastest man on the track on five out of 21 race weekends before the grand finale in Abu Dhabi. While Oracle Red Bull Racing showcased outstanding teamwork for the fifth consecutive year and won the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award.

“DHL congratulates Max Verstappen and Oracle Red Bull Racing for their achievements during this season. In a sport where speed is everything, one of the biggest individual successes is winning the DHL Fastest Lap Award. We look forward to continuing our almost 40-year-long partnership with Formula 1 and providing a growing range of sustainable and efficient logistics solutions,” said Arjan Sissing, Head of Global Brand Marketing at DHL, who presented the award to Max Verstappen.

Max Verstappen was the fastest man this season, beating out his competition to win his first-ever DHL Fastest Lap Award. Max is the first Red Bull driver to win the award since Sebastian Vettel in 2013. “It has been a fantastic season, and this award highlights what we have achieved as a team. I like to go for the perfect lap at every track, and having accomplished the five fastest laps during this season isn’t bad at all!” says Max Verstappen.

Geoff Walsh, Country Manager DHL Express UAE, also noted on the outstanding performance of the race team: “The Red Bull team winning the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award for the fifth time in a row is an incredible achievement which shows their commitment to consistency and precision.” Walsh presented the award to the team.

Since its introduction seven years ago, the award celebrates the hard work behind the scenes of the pit crew and team engineers. “This is an amazing achievement. I’m so proud of the team that put so much work into it and defended this trophy for the fifth time. Pit stop is truly a manifestation of team spirit,” says Jonathan Wheatley, Sporting Director at Oracle Red Bull Racing.

Moving the world’s largest motorsport series across 20 countries is a difficult task. As the Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1® DHL uses its global logistics network to transport cars, engines, fuel, broadcasting equipment, as well as marketing and hospitality materials to 22 races across the globe. In total, DHL organized the logistics for Formula 1® to travel over 120,000 kilometers using up to: 120 sea freight containers, 30 trucks and eight planes. “Together with our partner Formula 1®, DHL is deeply committed to sustainability and cutting down carbon emissions, creating a positive impact for our planet and our future,” said Sissing.

Brandon Snow, Managing Director of Commercial at F1, adds: “I would like to thank DHL for their continued hard work and support throughout the season as we wrap up what has been a fantastic year for F1. We have faced new logistical challenges as we raced in Miami for the first time, and returned to Australia, Canada, Singapore, and Japan with DHL of course playing a crucial a key part in the delivery of these events, always ensuring that it is done as sustainably as possible.”

This season, DHL focused on creating awareness around marine plastic pollution and recycling. In light of last week’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix, DHL collaborated with Brazilian NGOs EcoFaxina and Sobrasa to clear Itaquitanduva Beach and the Sao Vicente Mangrove from waste pollution. 90 volunteers picked up over 500 kg of waste, to which local artist Eduardo Srur then used the collected material to create an F1 car sculpture. Earlier this year, in collaboration with BEEN London, a fashion company that makes accessories from recycled materials, designed a limited-edition collection “DHL x BEEN London. The Circuit Collection” from trackside banners used at F1 race tracks. All proceeds were donated to Plastic Bank, a social enterprise that helps reduce the amount of plastic entering waterways and oceans. Over 27,000 tons of plastic was collected from this collaboration. DHL and Formula 1® look forward to continuing their long-term partnership and another exciting race calendar in 2023, totaling a record-breaking 24 races, while keeping sustainability high on the agenda.

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