The Podium is the name given to the rostrum on which prizes are awarded to the three highest placed drivers at the end of a Grand Prix. The terms podium position and podium finish are often used to describe drivers in the top three positions during the race, and at the finish respectively.

The current record holder for the most podium finishes is Michael Schumacher with 155 from 306 race starts.

Podium procedureEdit

A partire dalla stagione 2012, i primi tre piloti e un rappresentante del costruttore vincitore si uniscono in un gruppo di dignitari dello sponsor ufficiale o della nazione del Grand Prix sul podio. Il vincitore della gara si trova in cima al gradino più alto centrale, con il secondo pilota alla sua destra e il terzo alla sua sinistra. Il costruttore vincitore si trova su un podio separato.

Following the National Anthems of the winning driver and constructor, the trophies are presented in the following order: winner, winning constructor, second place then third place. The drivers then open their bottles of champagne and celebrate. In countries where alcohol is prohibited, sparkling fruit juice is often used. In the event of a fatality or serious injury at a Grand Prix, the champagne celebration is often skipped altogether.

The top three drivers have a short interview session on the podium for the general public, usually conducted by a celebrity, then attend a separate press conference in the media center.


Most PodiumsEdit

Pos Driver Race Starts Podiums
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 306 155
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 250 151
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 240 120
4 France Alain Prost 198 106
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 313 103
6 Spain Fernando Alonso 312 97
7 Brazil Ayrton Senna 161 80
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 322 68
9 United Kingdom David Coulthard 246 62
10 Brazil Nelson Piquet 203 60
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