The Fastest Lap of a race is a term which describes the quickest lap time set during a race (excluding practice and qualifying sessions). It is distinct from the Lap Record which describes the fastest lap time ever set on a particular circuit (though the two occasionally coincide).
The fastest lap of a race is usually set near to the end of the race, when fuel levels are lowest and the overall car weight is at its minimum. However, this was not always the case. Prior to 2009, when mid-race refuelling was allowed, the car's weight varied throughout the race. As a result, the fastest lap was often set midway through a race.
Between 1950 and 1959, a bonus World Championship point was awarded to the holder of the fastest lap for each race. Due to limitations in timing precision at the time, this was occasionally shared. In fact, at the 1954 British Grand Prix, seven drivers shared the bonus point for fastest lap. This award returns for the 2019 season, with top-ten finishing drivers eligible.
Total fastest lapsEdit
|Driver||Fastest Laps||Race starts||Percentage|
|10||Juan Manuel Fangio||23||51||45.09%|
Most fastest laps in a seasonEdit
Highest percentage of fastest laps in a seasonEdit
|2||Juan Manuel Fangio||5||8||1951||62.50%|
|10||Juan Manuel Fangio||4||8||1956||50.00%|
Most consecutive fastest lapsEdit
Youngest drivers to set fastest lapEdit
(only the first fastest lap for each driver is listed)
|1||Max Verstappen||19 years, 44 days||2016 Brazilian Grand Prix|
|2||Nico Rosberg||20 years, 258 days||2006 Bahrain Grand Prix|
|3||Esteban Gutiérrez||21 years, 280 days||2013 Spanish Grand Prix|
|4||Fernando Alonso||21 years, 321 days||2003 Canadian Grand Prix|
|5||Bruce McLaren||21 years, 322 days||1959 British Grand Prix|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||21 years, 353 days||2009 British Grand Prix|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||22 years, 19 days||2016 Spanish Grand Prix|
|8||Lewis Hamilton||22 years, 91 days||2007 Malaysian Grand Prix|
|9||Sergio Pérez||22 years, 122 days||2012 Monaco Grand Prix|
|10||Kimi Räikkönen||22 years, 137 days||2002 Australian Grand Prix|
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