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Max Verstappen receiving the DHL Fastest Lap award ahead of the 2022 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

In what year did DHL and F1 start their partnership? Exploring their association

F1, over the years, has had a long history of prestigious partnerships and sponsorships. One such partnership that has left an indelible mark on the sport is the sport's collaboration with DHL, the global logistics leader.

The alliance has brought together two global giants, uniting speed, precision, and efficiency. Let's delve into the history of this partnership and explore the significant contributions made by DHL to the world of Formula 1.


The partnership between DHL and F1 began in 2004 when DHL became the Official Logistics Partner of the sport. The collaboration marked the beginning of a fruitful relationship that continues to thrive today.

DHL, with its expertise in logistics and supply chain management, proved to be the perfect fit for the fast-paced and high-pressure environment of motorsports.

As the Official Logistics Partner, DHL took on the crucial responsibility of managing the complex logistics operations of Formula 1. With races taking place across the globe, from the iconic circuits of Monaco and Silverstone to the newer venues in Asia and the Middle East, transporting equipment, parts, and personnel efficiently and securely became paramount. DHL's extensive network and logistics infrastructure played a vital role in ensuring the smooth functioning of the sport.


Some of the most visible aspects of DHL's partnership with the sport are the DHL Fastest Lap Awards and the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award. Introduced in 2007, these awards recognize the driver who sets the and the team with the during each Grand Prix.

DHL and F1: Enhancing fan experience


In addition to the awards, DHL has also introduced other innovative initiatives that enhance the fan experience.

One such initiative is the DHL Grid Kids program, which gives young motorsport enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand alongside their favorite drivers on the starting grid before the race. This program allows young fans to get up close and personal with the world of Formula 1.

Additionally, since 2017, the DHL sponsored "Fan Festivals" have been offering a variety of entertainment programs away from the track at major cities around the world. DHL is also a founding partner of the.

DHL's partnership with F1 extends beyond the race circuits. The company actively supports various within the sport, aiming to reduce its carbon footprint and promote environmentally friendly practices.


DHL's GoGreen program, implemented in collaboration with Formula 1, focuses on optimizing transport routes, minimizing emissions, and developing innovative solutions to enhance sustainability in logistics operations.

Over the years, the partnership between DHL and F1 has flourished, becoming an iconic alliance in the world of motorsport. DHL's logistical prowess has played a crucial role in the success of Formula One, ensuring that the sport continues to remain at the pinnacle of motorsports.


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