This season’s tight schedule meant that DHL’s teams had no more than 48 hours to fully dismantle equipment, deliver it to the next venue and immediately begin re-assembly. “For the tight schedule to work, everything had to be planned well in advance and to the minute,” said Paul Fowler, Vice President Motorsport & Managing Director UK DHL Global Forwarding. “Of course, this season’s race calendar presented us with particularly complex issues. But we were also thrilled to have this special opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in motorsports logistics and to showcase our capabilities.”

DHL, the Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1, operated 25 trucks for each of the three races with an estimated 1,000 tonnes of parts to and from each venue. For races outside Europe, the amount of cargo handled by DHL typically increases to about 2,000 tonnes – roughly the capacity of six Boeing 747 aircrafts and 40 sea freight containers.

Putting this year’s triple header into perspective, Martin Pople, Trackside Manager at DHL, said that any given race weekend required comprehensive co-ordination. “For the spectators at the track and in front of their TV sets, a Grand Prix is a huge spectacle,” he said. “For us, it is precision work. A single race weekend involves months of planning and the work of two dozen of our specialists.”

Published: July 2018

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