Formula 1: Who holds the most fastest laps?

In Formula 1, alongside taking title victories, pole positions and race wins, there is another way drivers can get themselves a place in the record book

Formula 1: Who holds the most fastest laps?

A fastest lap at a circuit has long been a mark of distinction, emphasising a driver's ability to push to the limit and to do so for an entire lap without losing control.

In 2019 F1 changed the scoring system so that the driver and team to set the fastest lap in a race receive an extra point - on the condition that they finish within the top ten.

More noteworthy than simply the fastest lap during an event is the lap record, the fastest lap ever set at a track which, depending on changes in technical regulations, can remain unbroken for years.

Alongside the lap record, which must be set during a race, there is also the fastest lap recorded at any point during a grand prix weekend. This time is often set in the final part of qualifying when drivers are pushing to set a pole-winning time.

Current Formula 1 Track Lap Records

Circuit Lap Record* Driver Year Fastest Lap** Driver Year
Albert Park
1m24.125s
Michael Schumacher
2004
1m20.486s
Lewis Hamilton
2019
Bahrain International Circuit
1m31.447s
Pedro de la Rosa
2005
1m27.866s
Charles Leclerc
2019
Shanghai International Circuit
1m32.238s
Michael Schumacher
2004
1m31.095s
Sebastian Vettel
2018
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
1m18.441s
Daniel Ricciardo
2018
1m15.406s
Valtteri Bottas
2019
Circuit de Monaco
1m14.260s
Max Verstappen
2018
1m10.166s
Lewis Hamilton
2019
Baku City Circuit
1m43.009s
Charles Leclerc
2019
1m40.495s
Valtteri Bottas
2019
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
1m13.078s
Valtteri Bottas
2019
1m10.240s
Sebastian Vettel
2019
Circuit Paul Ricard
1m32.740s
Sebastian Vettel
2019
1m28.319s
Lewis Hamilton
2019
Red Bull Ring
1m06.957s
Kimi Raikkonen
2018
1m03.003s
Charles Leclerc
2019
Silverstone
1m27.369s
Lewis Hamilton
2019
1m25.093s
Valtteri Bottas
2019
Hungaroring
1m17.103s
Max Verstappen
2019
1m14.572s
Max Verstappen
2019
Spa Francorchamps
1m46.286s
Valtteri Bottas
2018
1m41.501s
Sebastian Vettel
2018
Monza
1m21.046s
Rubens Barrichello
2004
1m19.119s
Kimi Raikkonen
2018
Marina Bay Circuit
1m41.905s
Kevin Magnussen
2018
1m36.015s
Lewis Hamilton
2018
Sochi Autodrom
1m35.761s
Lewis Hamilton
2019
1m31.387s
Valtteri Bottas
2018
Suzuka
1m30.983s
Lewis Hamilton
2019
1m27.064s
Sebastian Vettel
2019
Circuit of the Americas
1m36.169s
Charles Leclerc
2019
1m32.029s
Valtteri Bottas
2019
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
1m18.741s
Valtteri Bottas
2018
1m14.758s
Max Verstappen
2019
Interlagos
1m10.540s
Valtteri Bottas
2018
1m07.281s
Lewis Hamilton
2018
Yas Marina Circuit
1m39.283s
Lewis Hamilton
2019
1m34.779s
Lewis Hamilton
2019

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas understandably have the track records for many of the circuits in use in 2020.

The cars under the current regulations are considerably faster than many of their predecessors and Mercedes' dominance since 2014 has meant that Hamilton and Bottas have had more opportunities to set quick laps than most.

Looking at a selection of lap records for circuits that are not currently in use, but have been a fixture of the calendar in the past two decades, the achievements of star drivers from before the current era can be more easily recognised.

Former Formula 1 Track Lap Records

Circuit Lap Record* Driver Year Fastest Lap** Driver Year
Hockenheimring 1m13.780s Kimi Raikkonen 2004 1m11.212s Sebastian Vettel 2018
Sepang International Circuit 1m34.080s Sebastian Vettel 2017 130m.076s Lewis Hamilton 2017
Buddh International Circuit 1m27.249s Sebastian Vettel 2011 1m24.119s Sebastian Vettel 2013
Indianapolis 1m10.399s Rubens Barrichello 2004 1m09.454s Rubens Barrichello 2004
Istanbul Park Circuit 1m24.770s Juan Pablo Montoya 2005 1m24.770s Juan Pablo Montoya 2005
Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours 1m15.377s Michael Schumacher 2004 1m13.377s Juan Pablo Montoya 2004
Valencia Street Circuit 1m38.683s Timo Glock 2009 1m36.975s Sebastian Vettel 2011


The cars of the mid-2000s retained many of the records until the last couple of years, with the records for Melbourne and Shanghai still being held by the dominant force of the time, Michael Schumacher, despite the intervening years.

How long the current records will stand is anybody's guess - but with the next set of regulation changes focusing on competitiveness and close racing rather than outright speed it could be a long time.

Who has the most fastest laps?

Driver Fastest laps
Michael Schumacher 77
Lewis Hamilton 47
Kimi Raikkonen 46
Alain Prost 41
Sebastian Vettel 38
Nigel Mansell 30
Jim Clark 28
Mika Hakkinen 25
Niki Lauda 24
Juan Manuel Fangio 23
Nelson Piquet 23
Fernando Alonso 23

The fastest lap of a race is not always set by the race winner, or even by one of the leading pack.

Some 132 different drivers, including 12 of the competitors on the 2020 grid, have set the fastest lap of a race and, Schumacher aside, the top drivers don't tend to dominate in the same way they do for wins or pole positions.

But having the fastest car is always helpful for such things, and that Schumacher and Hamilton top the record table shows the importance of having a championship-winning car's pace in setting fastest laps.

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