For the first time ever, the Formula One ™ racing calendar has three consecutive races in three different countries for three weekends in a row.
This puts the logistics crew up against a challenge, but with their strong team spirit, says Denis Marinkovic, a project manager at DB Schenker, they’ll have no problem getting the job done. “In the last few years, we have optimized the processes for assembling and disassembling the Mercedes-AMG Petronas motorsport motorhome. The team keeps getting faster, and we’ve succeeded in keeping our team’s core together over the years,” says Marinkovic.
The team kept an eye for detail in the run up to the current season, investing in particular in the infrastructure of the motorhome, which serves as a home away from home during the race for the teams and their guests. Aside from the most crucial cosmetic work, necessary measures were taken to improve infrastructure, in particular. For instance, the roof membrane was cleaned and the motorhome’s lug system was revamped.
Three weeks of racing: by the numbers
A total of 18 trucks needs to travel roughly 3,000 km on European roads. The trucks are driven with three-person crews. The breaks are short, because the back-to-back races mean that assembly and disassembly times have to be cut to an extreme extent. Instead of five days, disassembly and reassembly can take only 36 hours.
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The Formula One ™ caravan goes marching on and on
There’s only one objective for a total of over 250 trucks throughout these three weeks of Formula One ™: When the teams arrive every Wednesday, a perfect setting has to be waiting for them. When the sun rises over the paddock after a sleepless night of work, and the gates open for the teams, there is a spreading sense of satisfaction — and, naturally, of exhaustion.
The biggest worries are “a wagon being left, bureaucratic hurdles at the border and inclement weather.” (Denis Marinkovic)
The last shall be first
The last seven trucks transport the grid, the motorhome’s substructure. The substructure has to be put up first at each new racing site. Also, the core team has to arrive at the next Formula One ™ racetrack before the trucks.
“There’s this special spirit that comes from working directly at the racetrack, and it motivates all the team members, and makes them forget about the stress.”