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Webber wins DHL Fastest Lap Award

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25/11/2011

DHL has confirmed Mark Webber as the winner of the DHL Fastest Lap Award for 2011 in a special handover ceremony at Interlagos.

The Australian won the award with one race of the season still remaining, in Abu Dhabi. His best time of 1:42.612, set with just 4 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 teammate, Sebastian Vettel. This is the first time that Webber has won the award, having finished runner-up in 2009.

The award was handed over by Joakim Thrane, Country Manager, DHL Express Brazil, and TV presenter and former Formula 1 driver Christian Danner, at a special ceremony in Sao Paolo on the eve of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Thrane said "The DHL Fastest Lap Award represents speed and excellence, two values which have a strong resonance with DHL. Mark Webber's 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. We'd like to thank Mark for his role in making Formula 1 such an exciting spectacle in 2011 and congratulate him on winning the DHL Fastest Lap Award for 2011."

The rules for winning 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.

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