- DHL delivers the ABB FIA Formula E car to Vatican City
- Pope Francis blesses the car ahead the Rome ePrix
Reigning champion Lucas di Grassi attended with his wife, Bianca. “It was a unique experience, the sort you only get with Formula E,” the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver told DHL InMotion. “My wife is pregnant, we’re expecting a baby, and to receive the Pope’s blessing just now was totally awesome!”
Pope Francis also blessed the ABB FIA Formula E championship car which logistics partner DHL delivered to the occasion.
It was a unique experience, the sort you only get with Formula E.Lucas di Grassi
The Formula E car’s meticulously planned journey to the Vatican began early on Wednesday morning in the paddock at the temporary Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR. DHL’s team loaded the racing car at 7.00 am and then set off with the precious cargo through the Eternal City.
From paddock to Vatican City
It took DHL just 30 minutes to deliver the Formula E car from the EUR Business District to the Gates of the Vatican City.
Of course, transporting the unique electric car on an open truck through the city attracted a great deal of attention, but who would have thought that its ultimate destination would be the Pope’s residence?
Great care was needed once the car had arrived at the Porta del Perugino. Using a special ramp, DHL’s logistics experts moved the car directly onto the forecourt of the papal apartment. The ramp which is normally used to carefully deliver precious artifacts to museums was the perfect aid for this special mission.
Successful race premiere
After the audience with Pope Francis, DHL took the recently blessed ABB FIA Formula E car back to the paddock where thousands of spectators will be able to explore it ‘in the metal’ on Saturday.
A successful race premiere on the streets of the Italian capital should be more or less guaranteed now after the papal blessing.