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Günther Steiner Worried About Continuing Risks In Cargo Transport

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Cargo delays in Australia targeted three teams. DHL just averted a catastrophe for those teams in fetching delayed Formula 1 cargo from a ship and flying it from Singapore to Australia.

The reason for the delays is the ongoing problems in the cargo sector due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Effects in motorsport were seen at the MotoGP last weekend in Argentina: The Friday race had to be cancelled because equipment from the teams did not arrive in time.

Because of the tight race schedule, it cannot be ruled out that the consequences of a cargo delay will soon be a problem in Formula 1.

Günther Steiner, team boss of Haas, whose cargo arrived late for the test in Bahrain, stands behind Formula 1.

He explains:

“I think F1 takes it seriously, but it’s one of those scenarios you cannot really control

“We all know that it’s difficult now, especially with the invasion of Ukraine. I think there’s a lot of cargo planes out of service now because of the sanctions to Russian companies, because they were running or flying a lot of the cargo planes.

“So it’s not getting any easier. And also the ships, we now know there are difficulties there.

“But it’s one of those things that are just out of [your] control. As long as you don’t get your own planes, you’re always counting on other people to help you out.

“Hopefully we can get through it and put a lot of effort in. I think in the moment, no-one has got a guarantee of anything getting to the right place at the right time.”

Financing the cargo transport

But it’s not just freight delays and cancellations that put Formula 1 teams to the test. The rising cost of shipping team equipment is not factored into the budget cap.

Paul Fowler, DHL’s vice president of motorsport logistics, explained this week:

“There is almost a bidding war now. Rates from Europe to Asia to Europe that were pitching at about $900 (USD) a container are now about $20,000.”

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Finding solutions

Steiner suggests that Formula 1 should consider the increased costs in the cap.

“It’s going up, and every time we speak about it, it’s getting higher,” said Steiner about transport costs.

“At some stage, we need to get into real numbers, and obviously these things you just have to manage as they come along.

“Everybody is faced with the same issue, so I think it’s a problem for everybody.

“At the end, nobody has got a disadvantage as long as everybody gets an increase and which everybody does.

“You just have to deal with it and then see how you can navigate to get to the end of the season with the budget intact and where you want it to be.”

We hope that the potential freight delays will not disrupt the operations of the Formula 1 season. After the race in Australia, it’s off to Imola for the next race weekend.

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