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DB Schenker takes the Silver Arrows to Belgium

The DB subsidiary is responsible for European-wide logistics for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team

Enlarge imageDB Schenker takes the Silver Arrows to Belgium, DB Schenker
Enlarge imageDB Schenker takes the Silver Arrows to Belgium, DB Schenker

 

(Antwerp, August  25, 2016)  DB Schenker's transport experts will be among those at the Belgium Grand Prix on Sunday, August 28, 2016, holding their breath as they watch the Silver Arrows speed around the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in the heart of the Ardennes. DB Schenker has a very special relationship with drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – as the company is responsible for European-wide logistics for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team. As such, it makes sure the team’s trackside facilities run smoothly before, during and after the races. DB Schenker also brings its logistics expertise to bear in assisting the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team with test session and promotional events.

Part of this expertise is the DB Schenker Green Logistics competence. To conserve valuable resources during transport of materials and staff from racetrack to racetrack, DB Schenker provides training to drivers to increase efficiency and employs environmentally friendly technology such as hybrid engines and second-generation biodiesel.


DB Schenker at the races

A core team, with more than 30 drivers, technicians and project managers, is responsible for making sure the equipment is delivered to the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team on time at all the European race tracks. Each transport service is planned months in advance, down to the last detail. Five silver-coloured Mercedes-Benz race trucks and a fleet of white Mercedes-Benz ACTROS semitrailers in DB Schenker livery transport the two Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid race cars, spare parts, equipment for the workshops, the engineering office and the modules for the motorhome. At the race track,

DB Schenker specialists are also responsible for setting up the team’s trackside facilities and infrastructure.

This includes putting together silver and black containers to form the motorhome – a two-story building complete with a rooftop terrace and cooking station to serve the team and VIP guests. DB Schenker employees are also responsible for all the fixtures and furnishings – everything from laying the cables to setting out the tables. A high level of precision is required to set-up the engineering offices: two trailers need to be maneuvered into position right next to each other so that all the complex equipment involved can be installed and connected. 

One particular challenge for the DB Schenker team is the races that are only seven days apart instead of 14 – and only one week after the Belgium Grand Prix the race starts in Monza, Italy. In order to stick to such a tight schedule, DB Schenker is assigning many more people to the task, both to set up and take down the structures and to drive the trucks. There are about 60 people involved in total.

 

DB Schenker takes the Silver Arrows to Belgium

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Last modified: 25.08.2016

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