Every Grand Prix, the real challenge is not in the race, the teams are who have the real challenge about how transport and move everything to the next grand prix in other country as fast as possible, there are three modes of transportation that are used by the teams, Roadways, Airways and Waterways.
As all the teams are based in Europe, the transportation during the European races is done by roadway with the articulated lorries, each team has their own lorries with the brand colours.
The picture below shows a team personnel charging the F1 in the lorrie to transport with the rest of the equipment.
The car is transported boxed up in the elevated platform, where fit two cars, and under the platform is where go the aerodynamic parts of the car and the rest of the equipment. The next video shows up how Sauber F1 Team load their trucks with the cars and all the equipment.
At the end of the year Each team who competes in Formula One World Championship travels between races and test sessions about 160,000 Kilometres. The logistical effort is so vast, for that reason the sport has its own Logistical Partner DHL.
For the non-European ‘flyaway’ races the logistical effort is considerably more complicated as equipment has to be flown out on transport planes. Rather than use conventional aircraft containers, teams have created their own specially designed cargo crates, designed to fill all available space in the planes’ holds.
The equipment parts are classified in two parts, critical and non critical. The critical components are transported using special charter planes provided by FOM with DHL currently serving as the logistics partner. Given the geographic location of all the F1 teams, these planes depart from London and Munich. Teams use specially designed cargo units to transport the delicate parts. The containers that use are designed to take the minimum space and to protect the components from the external forces, these containers are designed to be packed and unpacked in 6-8 hours.
The non-critical parts are components of the garage, like tools, these components can be procured in many sets, there are not so expensive as the rest of the components, The parts are kept in sets of five that are shipped between two global race locations.
Everything has to be planned months before, the logistical effort is not as simple as getting people and equipment in the right place. Hotel accomodation has to be founded, each team require about 100 rooms, hire cars must be sourced and the teams facilities at the circuit.
As the number of races out from europe continues increasing the logistical effort required to transport the equipment will expand alongside it.
To finish this post i recommend you to watch the video that explain visually all is written above for flyaway races.
Toni Romero Gadea.