Release Date: 28 November 2016
Release ID: 6059
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team driver Nico Rosberg receives DHL Fastest Lap Award 2016 for the most fastest laps in the current FIA Formula One World Championship™
Williams Martini Racing is recognized for exceptional teamwork and support for on-track performance with 14 fastest pit stops
DHL, the world’s leading logistics company and Official Logistics Partner of Formula 1®, has handed over the DHL Fastest Lap Award and DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award at the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX. Nico Rosberg was recognized for achieving six fastest laps, while Williams Martini Racing was honored for recording 14 fastest pit stops over the season.
The DHL Fastest Lap Award has been awarded for the third year in a row to a driver from the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula OneTM Team, with Nico Rosberg’s team mate Lewis Hamilton recording the highest number of fastest laps in the prior two seasons. This year marks Rosberg’s first entry into the history books as both the DHL Fastest Lap Award winner and winner of the 2016 FIA Formula OneTM Drivers’ World Championship. It is the second year that DHL has handed over the award to the crew with the fastest pit stops, with the Williams Martini Racing team demonstrating the most consistent performance and supporting the on-track efforts of its drivers in 2016.
DHL Fastest Lap Award 2016 – Nico Rosberg for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula OneTM Team
Ahead of the final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, Rosberg began the race with an advantage of twelve points in the Drivers‘ Championship. He has achieved the fastest laps at the Grands Prix in Bahrain, Sochi (Russia), Montreal, Baku, Silverstone (UK), and Sepang (Malaysia).
“It is a nice bonus to receive the DHL Fastest Lap Award 2016 at the end of an incredible year. We have been fighting for the win at every race this season and the fact that I have scored the most fastest laps reflects the awesome job of the team building our incredible car. It has been the fastest car all year – and this award recognises that fact,” said Nico Rosberg as he received the prize.
The DHL Fastest Lap Award was introduced in 2007 and has since established itself as a Formula 1® tradition. The award honors the driver who records the fastest lap in the most races over the course of the season. Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari holds the highest number of DHL Fastest Lap Awards with three, followed by Rosberg’s teammate Lewis Hamilton and Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen, both with two awards.
DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award 2016 – Williams Martini Racing
With outstanding team performance and 14 fastest pit stops, Williams Martini Racing recorded the fastest pit lane performance during the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship™. The pit crew achieved the quickest times at the races in Australia, Bahrain, China, Russia, Spain, Monaco, Canada, Azerbaijan, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Malaysia, Japan, and Mexico and saved valuable seconds for their drivers with consistently good support during the season. Williams Martini Racing recorded the fastest overall pit stop time of the season at the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE with a turnaround of just 1.92 seconds.
Nour Suliman, CEO, DHL Express Middle East and North Africa said “We congratulate WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING on their outstanding performance this season. The mechanics‘ efforts in the pit lane are fully deserving of this accolade, as they also make a significant contribution to the team’s overall results. As in logistics, it is attention to detail, precision and passion that defines the success of a team. At DHL, we can see from our own experience the will to win, competence and team spirit that are needed to achieve world class service levels.“
The DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award was introduced last year as a way of recognizing the behind-the-scenes contribution of the support crews in Formula 1®. Pit stops demand the highest levels of concentration at crucial moments when a hundredth or even thousandth of a second can mean the difference between defeat and victory.
Williams Martini Racing was followed by the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula OneTM Team and Red Bull Racing teams with three fastest pit stops each.
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