Coulthard is king of the consistent qualifiers

David Coulthard is the most consistently quick qualifier among the 2000 Grand Prix field - according to statistics. And only the all-time greats beat his qualifying record

Coulthard is king of the consistent qualifiers

Based on an average percentage of the pole time (i.e. 100% = pole position) Coulthard is ahead of renowned qualifiers such as Michael Schumacher and team-mate Mika Hakkinen. Indeed the Scot ranks as the fourth best of all time behind World Champions Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari and Jim Clark.

Coulthard has enjoyed a competitive car every year since he joined Formula 1 (his worst year was his first at McLaren-Mercedes in 1996 where his average qualifying performance was 101.993% of the pole time). The surprisingly poor performance of Mika Hakkinen is explained by the years at Lotus early in his career (1991 - 105.880% - and 1992 - 104.874%) and the first year of the McLaren-Mercedes-Benz, 1995 averaging 103.624%. Since they have been team-mates Hakkinen has outperformed Coulthard in every year, although the Scot is ahead at present in 2000.

The 2000 Grand Prix field is on course to be the most competitive in Grand Prix history with the 22 competitors averaging 102.060% of the pole time.

All-time best qualifiers
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 100.306%
2 Alberto Ascari 100.880%
3 Jim Clark 100.923%
4 David Coulthard 100.955%
5 Ayrton Senna 100.995%
6 Michael Schumacher 101.035%
7 Jackie Stewart 101.109%
8 Alain Prost 101.133%
9 Giuseppe Farina 101.251%
10 Ronnie Peterson 101.369%
11 Carlos Reutemann 101.407%
12 Jacques Villeneuve 101.417%

27 Eddie Irvine 101.803%
30 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 101.858%
32 Ralf Schumacher 101.884%
39 Giancarlo Fisicella 102.079%
44 Jean Alesi 102.193%
47 Mika Hakkinen 102.231%

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