Formula 1® is delighted to announce the extension of its partnership with DHL, which will continue to be the Official Logistics Partner, with enhanced strategic supportive role to the pinnacle of motorsport.
Since 2004, DHL organizes the shipping of up to 2,000 tons of freight to the Formula 1 racetracks, including cars, replacement parts as well as marketing and hospitality equipment. In so doing, DHL relies on the most environmentally friendly, multi-modal transport solutions possible, preferably using land and sea freight.
The new agreement marks an expansion of the cooperation in two key areas new to Formula 1. DHL will become the first official partner of the F1 Esports Series, the world’s fastest and most prestigious virtual racing competition, which debuted in the esports world in 2017. Another new initiative DHL invested in is the participation to the four F1 Festivals which will take place in 2018 in iconic destination cities like Shanghai, Marseille, Berlin and Miami, as well as new digital formats.
As in previous years, DHL will present two awards again this year after the last race in Abu Dhabi on November 25, providing additional excitement during the season. The DHL Fastest Lap Award has existed since 2007 and is conferred to the driver who has achieved the greatest number of race fastest laps during the season. Last year, the award went to Lewis Hamilton. The DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award has been presented since 2015 and honours the team who complete the most number of fastest pit stop throughout the year. In 2017, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team took home the award. Both awards provide additional incentives for top performances in the pinnacle series of motorsport and are keenly followed by the fans.
Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1 said:
“I am delighted DHL are as excited about the new era of Formula 1 as we are by renewing at the Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1. Our sport is very fast-moving, where precision and punctuality are key ingredients. These attributes are also central to DHL, and this is a guarantee for the ongoing success of this relationship.”
Arjan Sissing, Head of Corporate Brand Marketing at Deutsche Post DHL Group, said:
“As logistics partner, DHL is in charge of the complex shipping of Formula 1 vehicles and equipment. The brand is therefore an integral component of this highly emotional sporting and entertainment experience with global reach. As the first official partner of the F1 eSports Series, we are very pleased to accompany Formula 1 on its digital journey and to actively contribute to the expansion and emotionalization of the product range for the fans.”
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Norman Howell, Director of Communications, Formula 1
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