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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Valtteri Bottas claims first win of the season and scores the DHL Fastest Lap

After 378 days without a race win, Valtteri Bottas leaves Istanbul victorious, having not only won his first Grand Prix of the season, but also scoring the DHL Fastest Lap! Lady Luck was on his side in qualifying, where he ended up in P2 behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Inheriting Hamilton’s pole position due to an engine penalty put Bottas into the prime starting position for Sunday. The greasy track posed no challenge to the Finn as he demonstrated superior race pace, profited from his team’s perfect strategy call and finished a perfect afternoon with the DHL Fastest Lap.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen couldn’t get past Bottas after the lights went out. The Mercedes driver quickly started building up a gap. With the track remaining damp all the way through, the race was down to whoever could manage their Intermediate tires best. Bottas made them last, although he reported the tires having turned into “basically slicks” at one point.

Reacting to their driver’s comment over the radio, Mercedes called him in to pit from the lead, allowing Charles Leclerc to go past into P1. Bottas came back out in front of Verstappen while Leclerc was contemplating going all the way without stopping at all. Bottas remained rather unimpressed with that approach, putting his fresh Intermediates to good use and giving chase to the Ferrari driver. A lock-up a few laps later sealed Leclerc’s fate, as he lost vital time on Bottas and had to come in for fresh tires.

Having reclaimed the lead, Bottas settled in for a comfortable last few laps ahead of Verstappen. His team’s perfect pit stop decision allowed the Mercedes driver to cross the finish line first, as well as pick up the DHL Fastest Lap of the race, posting a 1.30:432 on the very last lap. With only one line drying out and having to maintain full focus during the whole race, that is not a feat easily achieved, but it showed “just how much he had in reserve”, as Andrew Shovlin put it.

“Today was probably one of the best races I’ve had ever,” said Bottas afterwards. “Apart from that one little slide, everything was under control.”. He earned praise from team principal Toto Wolff in return: “Absolute dominance from Valtteri today, a 10/10 drive from the get-go from him. His management of the tires was fantastic.”

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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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