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From Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi, Formula One records the longest logistical exercise in history – News


DHL’s motorsports team of 75 international specialists has transported up to 1,400 tonnes of cargo. — Photos supplied

Published: Friday, November 24, 2023, 9:40 p.m.

From the Las Vegas Grand Prix to Abu Dhabi, Formula One has undertaken the longest logistics exercise in its history, officials involved in the process said.

From the checkered flag at the Las Vegas street circuit on Sunday, wrapping everything up for takeoff to landing the team’s critical equipment at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday has been one of the biggest achievements, said the senior coordinator of F1 logistics, Christian Pollhammer. .

“This has been the longest consecutive logistics ever carried out in 48 hours. You also have to take into account the 12 hour time difference, which was not an advantage for us. So yeah, it was a tough decision,” Pollhammer told Khaleej Times as a select group of media took a behind-the-scenes tour of the logistics that happen at the circuit.

All equipment from the 10 teams, including multi-million dollar racing cars, was transported to Abu Dhabi on seven Boeing 777 charter flights.

“That was definitely the longest. No plane could do it in one go. So we had to stop to refuel at the airport. The longest delay from Las Vegas to here was 20 minutes. This has been one of our greatest achievements in recent years,” Pollhammer said.

However, contrary to popular belief, racing cars are not moved as a single piece, but rather are dismantled and the components moved to special boxes, which the team’s mechanics reassemble in their workshops at the next circuit. careers. The teams gained first cargo access to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday morning. And there are 1,000 employees on site to prepare everything for the big race weekend.

1,400 tons of cargo

DHL’s motorsports team of 75 international specialists has transported up to 1,400 tonnes of cargo (including powertrain equipment, cars, team members, hospitality, fuel and tires) from Las Vegas to the UAE capital .

“The delivery of cargo service from Las Vegas to here has been exceptional. It was a huge operation. It was planned with complete precision. “It’s an amazing achievement,” John Williams, director of DHL Motorsports UK at DHL Global Forwarding, said in an interview.

“We normally go from the Middle East to Australia, which is pretty manageable,” Williams stressed, noting that he was excited to land at the airport’s new terminal.


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