Webber wins DHL Fastest Lap Award 26 Nov 2011
DHL, the worlds leading express and logistics company and a Global Partner of Formula 1, announced Mark Webber as the winner of the DHL Fastest Lap Award for 2011 at a special handover ceremony during the final Grand Prix of the year - the Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras do Brasil 2011 - on Friday.
Red Bull driver Webber clinched the award with one race of the season still remaining, at the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. His best lap of 1m 42.612s, set with just four laps remaining in the race, allowed him to establish an unassailable lead (six fastest laps to three) over Abu Dhabi winner Lewis Hamilton and his own Red Bull team mate, 2011 world champion Sebastian Vettel.
This is the first time that Webber has won the award, having finished runner-up in 2009. The Red Bull team have already enjoyed a clean sweep of both major honours in the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship, with Sebastian Vettel winning the drivers title and the team winning the constructors.
The award was handed over in Sao Paolo by Joakim Thrane, Country Manager, DHL Express Brazil, and TV presenter and former Formula One driver Christian Danner.
Joakim Thrane said: The DHL Fastest Lap Award represents speed and excellence, two values which have a strong resonance with DHL. Mark Webbers achievement in winning the award also shows that no team can be successful without the hard work and commitment of its individual team members, which is very important to us as the international specialists. Wed like to thank Mark for his role in making Formula One such an exciting spectacle in 2011 and congratulate him on winning the DHL Fastest Lap Award for 2011.
The rules for winning the the DHL Fastest Lap Award are very simple. One point is awarded to the driver who records the fastest lap in every Grand Prix race. The driver with the most points at the end of the season wins the award. Since its inauguration in 2007, the award has been won by Kimi Raikkonen (twice), Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. Only one driver, Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, has secured both first place in the drivers championship and the DHL Fastest Lap Award.
For the full 2011 DHL Fastest Lap Award table, click here.