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Formula One: The Race behind the Races

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The 2018 French Grand Prix is the first race of Formula One’s Triple header. Over three successive weeks, Formula One will first the South of France, the mountains of Speilberg, Austria, and the more than likely soggy Silverstone.

Whilst the prospect of back to back to back races may leave drivers and fans drooling, the prospect is a little more daunting for the supply and logistics team tasked with ensuring each event runs seamlessly.  In the 48 hours following each event DHL, The Official Formula One Logistics Partner, is tasked with moving more than 1000 tonnes of freight safely and on time.

“For the spectators at the track and in front of their TV sets view, a Grand Prix is a huge spectacle,” says Martin Pople, Trackside Manager at DHL. The logistical effort behind it, on the other hand, remains invisible to the spectators: “A single race weekend involves months of planning and the work of two dozen of our specialists,” explains Pople. The fact that this “race behind the race” is fast and safe is also due to the expertise of the DHL specialists.

 

The challenge ahead for DHL and the race teams themselves is not something drivers take for granted, Force India driver Esteban Ocon, reflecting “When I was a kid I wanted to race every day, so now it’s coming alive, that dream. I think, on the other hand, I’m thinking about the mechanics, all the people travelling around Europe, the truckies, everybody in the teams, you know, building up those beautiful hospitalities and tents and all that. This is going to be very hard for them, so we need to make life as easy for them as we can, because at the end, we are a team, so we need to support everybody.”

Since the 2018 F1 Triple Header was announced, teams and support crew will have been evaluating the most efficient way in which to manage both the physical and logistical challenge the schedule creates. The team that comes out of top come Sunday evening in Silverstone will likely be very well placed for the remainder of the season.

As with any support role, the role of the DHL Specialists will likely and for their sake hopefully go largely unnoticed. Their role is to ensure on time in full delivery of the championship and teams needs. When they manage this, they’ve done their job. The painstaking work required to ensure this performance will likely pass most people by.

So when if with three successive F1 race weekends, your thirst for F1 news isn’t quenched, check out the DHL Triple Header Diary for all the latest information plus fascinating background stories from Le Castellet, Spielberg and Silverstone.  dhl.com/F1TripleHeader

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Formula E: Renault partner the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship’s Paris ePrix

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Renault will be a partner of the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship’s Paris ePrix. The all-electric single-seater racing cars will compete around the French city’s famous Hôtel des Invalides monument on April 23.

Renault is a pioneer in the world of electric vehicles and, during the meeting, its Z.E. range will be displayed in the race’s ‘e-village’ which will be open to the general public and guests.

After winning the inaugural Teams’ title in 2014/2015, Renault e.dams currently tops the 2015/2016 standings and will be particularly keen to shine when the FIA Formula E Championship visits the streets of its home country’s capital.

Formula One: A new home for the French Grand Prix?

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Situated 120KM North East of Paris CDG Airport is the currently disused Laon-Couvron Air Base.  Rumours has it that the site has recently been purchased by MSV, Motorsports Vision, owners of the Brands Hatch circuit amongst others in the UK. It is understood that group, led by former Formula One Driver Jonathan Palmer, have ambitions to redevelop the site, creating a new circuit in France and ultimately the new home of the French F1 Grand Prix.  Reports suggest redevelopment work will commence in 2016.

The site is situated between two major highways through France, a little over 1.5 hour’s drive from Paris and 40 minutes from Reims. Local infrastructure is relatively limited at this time but no more so than other existing European venues. Former airfield’s serve as logical venues for racing circuits, Silverstone immediately springs to mind. As you can see from these images of the Laon-Couvron Air Base sourced through Google Maps the fundamentals for a racing circuit are already present.

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News of Jonathan Palmer investing in bringing Formula One back to France comes at a time when his son Jolyon Palmer has been confirmed; assuming the sale of the Lotus F1 team is completed, as a future Renault F1 Team driver. It has been stated that the financial backing Jolyon Palmer will be bringing to his seat in Formula One is minimal in comparison to other drivers in the sport. Working on a more expansive project within which an experienced circuit owner in the form of Jonathan Palmer leads or takes ownership of  Renault’s ambition to bring a French Grand Prix back to the F1 calendar, would be sensible approach, and would serve to further underline Renault’s long-term commitment to Motorsport.

Without formal confirmation from; MSV, Jonathan Palmer, or Renault, talk around the venue remains speculation at this time. This story will be updated further information becomes available.