Three Formula 1 teams will all breathe a collective sigh of relief and convey their gratitude to DHL after the freight company facilitated the arrival of their equipment just in time for the Australian Grand Prix.
Motorsport reported that the ship that was carrying the freight of three teams had been delayed by a week and would miss its 42-day timeline and therefore leave teams without their equipment for the marquee event.
Delays of this sort have kicked in recently due to the ongoing political environment.
To avoid any such delay, DHL ensured that instead of taking the sea route, the equipment was transported to the teams by air in the final leg.
DHL works as Formula 1’s logistics partner and shipping of freight comes under one of its responsibilities.
It ensured that when the ship reached Singapore, two Boeing airplanes were used to cover the final distance and ensure delivery a few days ahead of the Grand Prix.
This has undeniably increased shipment costs.
How DHL saved the day
DHL’s vice president of motorsport logistics Paul Fowler made sure to oversee the transportation personally.
“There is almost a bidding war now. Rates from Europe to Asia to Europe that were pitching at about $900 (USD) a container are now about $20,000,” he said.
He explained that teams have now developed multiple sets of equipment to ensure that they cut down on this cost.
“All teams have five sets of kit, and that is stretching to six, because of the extra races,” said Fowler.
“So the stuff you see in the garages, on the walls, the pitlane gantries, the perches that the team personnel sit on, is all sea freighted in.”
Ferrari has started the season in fine fashion, topping the constructors’ championship and seeing its two drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz currently seated in the top 2 positions, respectively, in the drivers’ standings.
Worryingly for Mercedes, Ferrari is already 40 points ahead of it.
However, FIA does seem to lend a helping hand to the Silver Arrows every now and again and has assured the entire pack that no constructor will be allowed to get left too far behind.
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