DHL Fastest Lap Award

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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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Carlos Sainz prevails in DHL Fastest Lap battle

The honor of posting the DHL Fastest Lap was hotly contested in the Styrian GP. The name at the top of the leaderboard changed several times over the course of the last few laps before McLaren driver Carlos Sainz ultimately prevailed against the strong competition.

Four laps from the end and looking to have P9 sewed up, Sainz called in for a late pit stop and changed to a set of soft tires. When he emerged, he mounted an attack that was to result in a new track record of 1:05.619 minutes.

But the contest was by no means over. Lewis Hamilton, who had led the race throughout, responded with a final charge on medium tires that already had 41 laps of wear. He had proved on numerous occasions in the previous season that tire age is not a decisive factor, but this time it was not enough - 1:06.719 minutes was the maximum he could extract.

However, Sainz still was not out of the woods, because Red Bull now brought Max Verstappen in for a switch to softs. Verstappen would only have had two laps to go to beat Sainz’s time, and he also had to get past several lapped opponents.

Verstappen posted a 1:06.145 on the 70th lap but was unable to deliver more. Carlos Sainz was the DHL Fastest Lap winner on the day, and the McLaren team scored the bonus point for the second time in two races.

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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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2019 Season

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