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 for the most podium finishes is held by Lewis Hamilton with 170.

Podium procedure[edit | edit source]

As of the 2012 season, the top-three drivers and a representative of the winning constructor join a group of dignitaries from the official sponsor or nation of the Grand Prix on the podium. The race winner stands atop the central, highest step, with the second placed driver on his right and third placed driver on his left. The winning constructor stands atop a separate podium.

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.

Records[edit | edit source]

Most Podiums[edit | edit source]

Pos Driver Race Starts Podiums
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 273 170
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 306 155
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel 264 122
4 France Alain Prost 198 106
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 337 103
6 Spain Fernando Alonso 319 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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