The driver who completes the circuit in the quickest time is regarded as having completed the fastest lap at each Formula One Grand Prix. From the 1950 campaign to the 1959 campaign, a point was awarded to the driver who turned the fastest lap in a Grand Prix. This was reinstated for the 2019 campaign. A fastest lap record in a Formula One Grand Prix has been set by 136 different drivers as of the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Zhou Guanyu was the most recent driver to record their first-ever fastest lap; he did so at the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix. The youngest driver to record a fastest lap is Max Verstappen, who did so at the 2016 Brazilian GP at the age of 19 years and 44 days.
With 77 of them, Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most consecutive fastest laps. Kimi Räikkönen is in third with 46, behind Lewis Hamilton in second with 61. Among non-world champions, Gerhard Berger has the most fastest laps, with 21.With seven consecutive fastest laps from the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix to the 1953 Argentine Grand Prix, Alberto Ascari holds the record. With 10, Schumacher and Raikkonen have the most fast laps in a single season.
Here are the top five Formula One drivers with the most fastest laps in history.
Seven-time world champion and arguably the greatest F1 driver in history Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most fastest laps in the history of Formula One. The German had a career which is considered to be one of the greatest across all sports and it is no surprise that his name is on the top of this list. Schumacher set 77 fastest laps, his first and last being at the 1992 Belgian GP and the 2012 German GP.
The only man to have matched Schumacher in terms of success, Lewis Hamilton, comes in at second place. Currently driving for Mercedes, Hamilton has also won seven world titles and would be hoping to break his predecessor’s record before he hangs his boots up. The Brit has amassed 61 fastest laps so far in his career, his first and last coming at the 2007 Malaysian GP and the 2022 Hungarian GP so far.
Finnish motorsport legend Kimi Raikkonen may have won the Formula One world championshop only once in his career, but he is regarded to be one of the top drivers of the 2000s and 2010s. To this day, Raikkonen remains Ferrari’s last driver’s world champion (which he won in 2007). The Finn has set 46 fastest laps in his career, the first and last ones coming at the 2002 Austrian GP and the 2018 Australian GP respectively.
Four-time world champion Alain Prost was perhaps the biggest F1 driver of the 80s and early 90s. The Frenchman won a total of four world championships in his illustrious career and has been a part of iconic rivalries with the likes of Ayrton Senna and Schumacher. Prost amassed a total of 41 fastest laps in his careers. His first fastest lap came at the 1981 French GP and his last came at the 1993 Japanese GP.
Another four-time world champion on the list is Sebastian Vettel. The German took the world by storm at the turn of the 2010 decade which saw him win four back to back driver’s world championships with Red Bull Racing from 2010 to 2013. Vettel has set 38 fastest laps in his career, his first and last ones coming at the 2009 British GP and the 2019 Belgian GP.
Top five F1 drivers with most fastest laps
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