DHL Fastest Lap Award

Formula 1®

Every Formula One driver is fast, but is the race winner really the fastest? Since 2007 DHL has defined a new standard of speed with the 'DHL Fastest Lap Award'. One driver sets the fastest lap at each race - the award will go to the man who sets the most over the season. To win will require pure speed - something DHL, as the world's leading logistics provider and Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1, uses to achieve its goals, shortening international routes, facilitiating global trade and making the world a smaller place.

Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello

Formula 1 Grand Premio della Toscana Ferrari 1000 2020

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Fastest Lap Video

Lewis Hamilton posts DHL Fastest Lap in drive to victory

The first ever Formula 1 Tuscany Grand Prix was a chaotic one, but Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas managed to stay aloof from it all. Unchallenged by the rest of the field, the two Mercedes drivers went head to head for the victory, which Hamilton nailed down with a final sprint, including the DHL Fastest Lap.

Hamilton had qualified on pole, but Bottas won the start. Or rather, he won the first of three starts, as the race was twice red-flagged for major accidents. At the second of these starts, Hamilton wrested the lead back from Bottas.

At the third time of asking, he kept first place while Bottas fell back to third. Ten laps from the end, however, the Finn had fought his way back up to second place, from where he launched into a final attack on his team-mate. It developed into a high-speed final sprint, as both drivers had fitted soft tires during the final interruption to the race.

When Hamilton posted a fastest time of 1:20.072 minutes on Lap 48, Bottas immediately countered with a 1:19.752. Hamilton improved on this shortly afterwards with a 1:19.647, but Bottas went faster again two laps later with a 1:19.432. The contest was finally settled on the penultimate lap when Hamilton clocked an unbeatable 1:18.833 to guaranteed overall victory and the extra point for the DHL Fastest Lap.

“It was incredibly tough out there,” said Hamilton afterwards. “This track is phenomenal and Valtteri was pushing me hard, so it wasn’t easy at all. I had a comfortable advantage after that point, but then there was another red flag. Anything could have happened on those restarts, but fortunately on the last one, I got my best start of the day and was able to maintain my position. Valtteri was always right there with me and I couldn’t make a single mistake, otherwise he’d be right there to pass me on the straight.”

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2020 Season

Previous winners

SeasonDriverTeamDHL Fastest Laps
2019Lewis HamiltonMercedes6
2018Valtteri BottasMercedes7
2017Lewis HamiltonMercedes7
2016Nico RosbergMercedes6
2015Lewis HamiltonMercedes8
2014Lewis HamiltonMercedes7
2013Sebastian VettelRed Bull7
2012Sebastian VettelRed Bull6
2011Mark WebberRed Bull7
2010Fernando AlonsoFerrari5
2009Sebastian VettelRed Bull3
2008Kimi RäikkönenFerrari10
2007Kimi RäikkönenFerrari6

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How the drivers' performance improved during the course of the season

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2019 Season

All the stats, facts and figures for the 2019 DHL Fastest Lap Award.