How Formula 1 Travels the World: An Intricate Dance of Logistics

by Editorial Team

The Formula 1 (F1) world is a display of speed, accuracy, and glitz. But behind the scenes, the logistics of transporting the full F1 circus across the world take place, and they are just as astounding. The procedure is evidence of careful planning, arranging, and carrying out, all with the goal of making sure that the show goes on, no matter where in the globe the next race is.

The Logistics of Formula One

It is a massive endeavor to move the F1 infrastructure from one nation to another. Each of the 10 Formula One teams spends over $100 million a year while traveling 75,000 miles (three times around the Earth!) and moving 1,500 tons of gear. To avoid any glitches, planning for this logistical miracle starts 18 months in advance.

The Function of DHL

In this procedure, DHL, F1’s logistics partner, is essential. They help all ten teams transport their vehicles, motors, computers, and other equipment to and from their various headquarters. In order to guarantee prompt delivery, a combination of trucks, boats, and planes is used.

The challenge posed by RVs

The movement of team RVs is one of the distinctive features of F1 logistics. These buildings are built at each race site, disassembled, and then transported to the next destination. They serve as a base for each team throughout a race weekend. For instance, it takes 25 staff members 32 hours to assemble and one day to disassemble Red Bull’s campervan, a three-story, 13,000 square foot construction.

The Container Shipping Solution

Teams use shipping containers to organize the massive amount of equipment needed for each race. All non-critical equipment for race weekends is contained in these containers, which were packed before the season. They are transported by boat from one flyaway location to the next, which is far less expensive for each team than flying.

The Fly-Away Racings

Teams must relocate swiftly from one race spot to another during fly-away races, which present a unique challenge. For instance, following the race in Las Vegas, teams will need to pack up and fly to Abu Dhabi, covering 82 miles in 20 hours while adjusting to an 11-hour time change. To ensure fair competition, a crucial regulation in these circumstances is that no team can touch their equipment until every team’s equipment has fully arrived.


The F1 schedule is a monument to the extraordinary organization and planning that go into making each race feasible. No matter where in the world the race is held, spectators should never forget the enormous amount of work that goes into making the show come to life.

What do you think of F1’s logistics? What additional optimizations do you believe these operations could use? Post your ideas and remarks below.

1 comment

Andie McKeown June 12, 2023 - 10:52 am

This did make me chuckle a little as DHL is quite cheeky. They are a brand not a delivery partner. They made a big noise globally about delivering the cars to the first ever night race here in Singapore…lots and lots of advertising…the problem? It was far from accurate as my old company Richland Logistics were the people who actually did it.
It is a great example of the disconnect between big brands and smaller delivery partners, another example of the thin sheet of ice that is “supplier transparency”. Nice article and would great to see a longer form article or indeed a series. F1 is globally popular and could be a good vehicle (pardon the pun) for allowing a wider audience to understand the world of logistics and supply chains.


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