Interview with Sören Hell from DB Schenker sportsevents

Team spirit for Operation Formula 1

DB Schenker has been supporting the Formula 1 team at Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport for four years. Sören Hell, project manager for the cooperation between DB Schenker and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport reflects on the past four years and gives an insight into the DB Schenker team’s experiences as part of the Formula 1 circus.

logistik aktuell: What is the one race you will always remember?

Sören Hell: The very first race: Barcelona 2015. It was our debut in the Formula 1 circus. That was pure tension. The season began with taking over and dismantling the motorhome at the winter camp in southern Germany. From there it went directly to Barcelona to be reassembled. We pretty much jumped in at the deep end, but everything came together on site.

How close has your logistics team come to the Formula 1 in the past 4 years?

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Of course, our team is deeply involved in the logistics, the construction and the dismantling work of the Mercedes motorhome, and so one meets every member of the racing team, including the drivers, which is exciting.

At successful races, a group picture is taken with the drivers, the engineers, mechanics marketing staff and many other team members. You can always see someone from the DB Schenker team in the photos. This is definitely a recognition of our work.

How has the relationship developed over the years of cooperation?

“Of course, we’ve had an incredibly great collaboration so far, which was also marked by the outstanding successes of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. In our cooperation, we have always attached great importance to precision, which is in line with our mission statement, and so have complemented each other very well. We have developed a good basis of trust, which has been very helpful in implementing small improvements. Over the years, we have continuously optimized all processes and enhanced them from year to year.

The DB Schenker team was responsible for transporting such invaluable objects as the race trucks, the motorhome and the vehicles. What does it feel like to be responsible for the transport?

At the beginning we were quite nervous and extremely conscious of our great responsibility. That’s why we worked to minimize potential hazards right from the outset. We equipped our trucks with additional tracking devices. Via GPS we could continuously see where our vehicles were located. In case of irregularities or delays, the drivers were called. This soothed our nerves somewhat.

Sören Hell, project manager DB Schenker sportsevents

“Four years of accident-free driving through Europe. Only small punctures, like changing tires – it was a team achievement, and I’m proud that.”

From a logistics point of view: which is the most difficult and which is the most beautiful race on European soil?

The most difficult race track is definitely Monaco. Anyone who has ever driven through the narrow streets of Monaco can imagine how difficult it is to manage the logistics for this race track. Loading and unloading our 25 trucks always made our team, and also the other teams, really work up a sweat.

Of course, every Grand Prix in Germany is a really special thing, and these races are loads of fun. But every race track has its advantages. Variety is what makes it so attractive.

4 years is a long time. How did your team grow during this time?

Our logistics team in Formula 1 has become an established group. We have fluctuated very little, 8 – 10 people from zero hour to the present day. Team spirit is important for such an operation, and something very special for the logisticians.

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Your personal record of the last four years?

Our logistics team in Formula 1 has become an established group. We have fluctuated very little, 8 – 10 people from zero hour to the present day. Team spirit is important for such an operation, and something very special for the logisticians.

4 years of Formula 1 – what four words come to mind?

A strenuous, exciting, unique, horizon-expanding time!