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.
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Valtteri Bottas sets DHL Fastest Lap in Canada
Valtteri Bottas is back in the running. After the Finn clocked the DHL Fastest Lap in the 2019 season opener in Australia, thereby becoming the first driver to score a bonus point under the new regulation, the Mercedes man has now repeated the feat in Canada.
Unlike in Melbourne, Bottas pursued a different strategy in Montreal, securing the fastest lap this time with a late tire change. On a set of fresh soft tires, the Finn posted the best time of the day on the penultimate lap of the race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
His time of 1:13.78 minutes was not only 1.278 seconds superior to the second-fastest lap of the Canadian GP set by Ferrari's Charles Leclerc but also established a new track record. Bottas undercut the time set 15 years ago by the then Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello by more than half a second.
"The pace of the car was good once I was in free air, so we decided to do an additional pit stop at the end and fight for the quickest lap on fresh tires," said Bottas. "It's nice to get the extra point for fastest lap."
In the overall standings of the DHL Fastest Lap Award, Bottas has now drawn level with Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc on two best times each. Lewis Hamilton is fourth on a single DHL Fastest Lap.
|Season||Driver||Team||DHL Fastest Laps|
|2013||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||7|
|2012||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||6|
|2011||Mark Webber||Red Bull||7|
|2009||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||3|