DHL Fastest Lap Award

Scoring a Formula 1® victory is all about speed; but is the winner always the fastest? Redefining our standards of speed, the DHL Fastest Lap Award is one for fierce competitors. This is how it works: 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 we at DHL know all about. As the world's leading logistics provider and Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1, we achieve our goals by shortening international routes, facilitating global trade and making the world a smaller place.

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Pierre Gasly fights back in Hungary to score DHL Fastest Lap

Spectacular last lap action from Pierre Gasly in Hungary! What looked like a done deal for Lewis Hamilton, turned into the first DHL Fastest Lap of the season for the Alpha Tauri driver: Gasly snatched the extra point away from Hamilton at the checkered flag.

Starting fifth, the Frenchman had high hopes after only the Red Bull and Mercedes had managed to outqualify him on Saturday, although his luck turned bad on race day. A huge shunt eliminated multiple cars in Turn One; Gasly got caught up in the middle of it, had to take avoiding action and came out of the chaos down in P11.

At the restart, Gasly’s bad luck continued when he got caught behind the damaged car of Nikita Mazepin during his pit stop and dropped down another position, leaving the pit lane in P12. But the man from Rouen wasted no time and used the remaining 66 laps to fight back through a combination of strategy and on-track moves, working his way back into the points.

By lap 31, he made it back into his initial starting position, a spot he gave up when he pitted for the second time. About ten laps later, he was in seventh behind teammate Yuki Tsunoda, with the team deciding to swap positions as Gasly was faster. The pair finished the race in their respective positions and got to celebrate double points, although Gasly had mixed feelings afterwards.

But not only did he finish in the points, but he also got to celebrate his first DHL Fastest Lap of the season! His great recovery race and super pace allowed for a free pit stop which he promptly took on the last lap to challenge Lewis Hamilton’s 1:18.715, leaving the pit lane with a fresh set of Softs and his eyes on the prize. The result was a blistering 1:18.394 and an extra point to take home.

“To be honest, I don’t really know what to think”, Gasly admitted. “We started P5, which is probably the best position we can hope for, but then I was almost taken out in the first corner incident and had to make my way back through the field to finish in P6. It’s good obviously to be finishing where we did, with everything that happened in the race, but I think it definitely could’ve been better.”

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2021 Season

Previous winners

SeasonDriverTeamDHL Fastest Laps
2020Lewis HamiltonMercedes6
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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