Pole Position is a term used to describe the position which lies at the front of the starting grid. This gives the driver in pole the advantage of starting ahead of all the other drivers. This advantage is such that, in all races in Formula One history, more than 40% of race wins have come from pole.[1]

Throughout the history of F1, pole position has been determined by one or more qualifying sessions, the fastest driver (either in a single session or as an aggregate) of which starts on pole.

Since 1950, only five drivers have achieved pole position on their F1 debut. Two of these, Giuseppe Farina and Walt Faulkner were in Formula One's inaugural season (1950). The other three, Duke Nalon, Carlos Reutemann and Jacques Villeneuve were set in 1951, 1972 and 1996 respectively.

As from 2014, the driver who scores the most Pole Positions in a season will win the Pole Position Trophy.


The current record holder for Most Pole Positions is Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel holds the records for most poles in a season and youngest pole sitter. The following tables show the top six in each category. (Bold names indicate currently active drivers.)

Most PolesEdit


RankDriverNumber of Poles
1United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton91
2Germany Michael Schumacher68
3Brazil Ayrton Senna65
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel57
5 France Alain Prost33
United Kingdom Jim Clark
7 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell32
8 Germany Nico Rosberg30
9 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio29
10 Finland Mika Häkkinen26

In Same SeasonEdit

RankDriverNumber of PolesSeason
1Germany Sebastian Vettel152011
2United Kingdom Nigel Mansell141992
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna13 1988
France Alain Prost1993
6United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton122016
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen111999
Germany Michael Schumacher2001
Germany Nico Rosberg2014
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton2015

Pole positions by ageEdit

Youngest (first pole only)
Rank Driver Age Race
1Germany Sebastian Vettel21y 72d2008 Italian Grand Prix
2Monaco Charles Leclerc21y 166d2019 Bahrain Grand Prix
3Spain Fernando Alonso21y 236d2003 Malaysian Grand Prix
4Netherlands Max Verstappen21y 309d2019 Hungarian Grand Prix
5Brazil Rubens Barrichello22y 97d1994 Belgian Grand Prix
6United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton22y 153d2007 Canadian Grand Prix
7Italy Andrea de Cesaris22y 308d1982 United States Grand Prix West
8Germany Nico Hülkenberg23y 79d2010 Brazilian Grand Prix
9Poland Robert Kubica23y 120d2008 Bahrain Grand Prix
10Belgium Jacky Ickx23y 216d1968 German Grand Prix
Oldest (last pole only)
Rank Driver Age Race
1Italy Nino Farina47y 79d1954 Argentine Grand Prix
2Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio46y 209d1958 Argentine Grand Prix
3Australia Jack Brabham44y 17d1970 Spanish Grand Prix
4United States Mario Andretti42y 196d1982 Italian Grand Prix
5United Kingdom Nigel Mansell41y 97d1994 Australian Grand Prix
6Argentina Carlos Reutemann39y 188d1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
7United Kingdom Graham Hill39y 156d1968 British Grand Prix
8Finland Kimi Räikkönen38y 319d2018 Italian Grand Prix
9United States Fred Agabashian38y 283d1952 Indianapolis 500
10France Alain Prost38y 241d1993 Japanese Grand Prix

Most poles without a winEdit

Rank Driver Poles
1New Zealand Chris Amon5
2 France Jean-Pierre Jarier3
Italy Eugenio Castellotti
4 Italy Teo Fabi2
United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans
6 Italy Luigi Villoresi1
United Kingdom Mike Spence
Germany Nico Hülkenberg
United States Johnny Thomson
United States Jerry Hoyt

Most consecutive pole positionsEdit

Driver Poles Season(s)
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 8 19881989
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 7 19901991
France Alain Prost 1993
Germany Michael Schumacher 20002001
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2015
6 Austria Niki Lauda 6 1974
Brazil Ayrton Senna 1988
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1992
Finland Mika Häkkinen 1999
Germany Nico Rosberg 2015
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 20162017

Conversion rateEdit

This table shows rates of conversion from pole to win

Rank Driver Poles Wins from Pole Conversion rate
1 United States Bill Vukovich 1 1 100%
United States Pat Flaherty
Sweden Jo Bonnier
Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
6 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi6466.67%
United Kingdom Tony Brooks 3 2
South Africa Jody Scheckter
9 Italy Alberto Ascari14964.29%
10 Spain Fernando Alonso221463.64%
11 United Kingdom Jenson Button8562.5%
12 Germany Michael Schumacher684058.82%
13 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton914145.05%
14 France Alain Prost331854.55%


  1. 351 wins from pole out of 874 Formula One Grands Prix in total, as of the 2012 Korean Grand Prix
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