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DHL lines up five more years for Formula 1

[ February 27, 2024   //   ]

DHL has signed a multi-year extension to its 20-year-old official deal with the Formula 1 World Championship, making it the sport’s longest standing global partner.

With Formula 1 looking to reach net zero goal by 2030, DHL is to double the number of biofuel-powered trucks to 37, following their introduction last year during the European leg of the season. Each truck, on average, achieves an 83% reduction in carbon emissions compared to diesel.

Over the years, the Formula 1 calendar has expanded and this year features 24 races. However, they have been rationalized to create a better flow in some regions to reduce freight distance between events.

As well as biofuel-powered trucks, DHL is using more fuel-efficient Boeing 777 aircraft, offering a 17% reduction in carbon emissions.

Formula,1 director of commercial partnerships, Jonny Haworth said: “As our longest-standing partner, DHL has become such a crucial part of the delivery of our events, so we’re delighted to continue that successful collaboration for many more years. Our partnership has seen the sport transform in more ways than one, and DHL have been hugely supportive in our transition to a more sustainable sport, and this will continue to be key as we move towards 2030. As sustainable logistics continues to develop, I look forward to seeing the positive impact and innovations that come next.”

DHL transports up to 1,400 tons of freight to each race, including the cars, tyres, spare parts, fuel, broadcast, marketing and hospitality equipment.

Its Motorsports logistics team comprises 100 specialists. A new DHL motorhome will be introduced for selected European races on the Formula 1 calendar, which will serve as the designated home base for the team. Equipped with solar panels, charging and recycling stations, this sustainable motorhome will be transported using a biofuel-powered truck.