F1 is renowned as the fastest and most glamorous of motorsports, but even the slickly-run circus has to rely on others to ensure that it arrives in the right place at the right time, even if that location is on the other side of the globe.
With a 20-race calendar - one that is set to expand in future - taking twelve teams and assorted infrastructure to far-flung spots such as Brazil, Abu Dhabi, India and Australia, to name but a few, things are not quite as simple as throwing everything for the weekend in a handful of trucks and rattling out from the factory. And this is where DHL comes in.
The German carrier has been a global partner and the official logistics provider for F1 for several years, and brings two decades of motorsport experience to the task of transporting not just the million-dollar race cars from place to place, but also replacement parts, pit equipment and fuel, as well as everything necessary to ensure that the VIP 'Paddock Club' turns out to be the high-class experience it is sold as.
In all, DHL's specialist team moves around 300 tons of equipment - that 20,000 individual items and enough to fill 100 trucks - each time there is an overseas grand prix, using F1-focused units in both England and Italy to co-ordinate the air, sea and land logistics. Backing F1's annual 'Fastest Lap Trophy' only serves to underline the common aims of speed and reliability that are shared between the sport its partner
The latest DHL advertising campaign also emphasises those links via 'The Speed of Yellow' theme and a remixed version of 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', which has been a brand anthem for longer even than it has enjoyed being a part of motorsport.
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