Qualifying performance has long been the gold standard of the outright speed of a Formula 1 driver. The moniker 'fastest' has carried weight, even at times when speed doesn't translate into victory in the race.
The ban on refuelling ahead of last season brought to an end the era of drivers battling for pole position carrying the fuel load with which they would start the race. This has returned low-fuel one-lap specials to the forefront of F1, as has been the case for most of the history of the world championship.
AUTOSPORT takes a look at the most successful qualifiers in world championship history in terms of their ratio of pole positions to qualifying attempts.
For the purposes of the list below, the world championship-counting Indianapolis 500 races of 1950-60 are disregarded. The percentage figures listed are rounded up or down to the nearest whole number, except when decimal places are needed to separate drivers.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.