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.
Shanghai International Circuit
Fastest Lap Video
Pierre Gasly secures DHL Fastest Lap in 1,000th Grand Prix
Pierre Gasly made history as he became the 132nd driver to post the fastest lap in the 1,000th Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Red Bull bolted fresh soft tires on the French driver's car in the final stages of the Chinese GP, enabling him to set the DHL Fastest Lap with a time of 1:34.742. Sebastian Vettel lost the extra point as a result.
"I'm happy to score my first fastest lap in F1 today", said Gasly. "We saw that we had quite a big margin behind us in the last few laps, so we decided to go for it and have an extra pit stop which worked. We are quite happy to finish in the points and take the extra point for fastest lap with us."
Gasly finished the race in P6 after becoming the third driver to secure the DHL Fastest Lap in the third race of the season. He is the second newcomer to go fastest following Charles Leclerc's success last time out in Bahrain.
Michael Schumacher still holds the lap record for the Shanghai International Circuit. In his Ferrari, the record world champion burned a time of 1:32.238 into the Chinese asphalt in 2004 and was thus about two and a half seconds faster than Gasly.
|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|