Fastest lap

Fastest lap

In motorsport, the fastest lap is the quickest lap run during a race. Some series, like the discontinued A1 Grand Prix and the current GP2 series, award bonus points to the driver/team with the fastest lap. In Formula One, where until 1960 drivers were awarded a point for setting fastest lap, Michael Schumacher holds the current record for the most fastest laps with 77.

In Grand Prix motorcycle racing no point is awarded for the fastest lap. Giacomo Agostini holds the current record for the most fastest laps with 117.

Contents

  • Formula One 1
  • Grand Prix motorcycle racing 2
    • Top ten riders in Grand Prix motorcycle racing with most fastest laps 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Formula One

In Formula One, 128 different drivers have made fastest race laps. German driver Michael Schumacher has achieved the highest number of fastest laps with 77. He is followed by Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen with . Since 2007, an award is given to the driver with the most fastest laps in a season.[1]

Fastest laps are often set during the final laps of a race. Lap times often decrease as tracks get "rubbered in" and fuel weights go down as a race progresses.

Setting the fastest lap is often considered an unofficial consolation prize for a driver that has had an incident that precluded a podium finish.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing

In Grand Prix motorcycle racing, which includes the 80cc, 125cc, 250cc, 350cc, 500cc, Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP classes, Giacomo Agostini holds the record for the most fastest laps with 117. Valentino Rossi, who still actively races in MotoGP, is second with 92 fastest laps and Ángel Nieto is third with 81.

Top ten riders in Grand Prix motorcycle racing with most fastest laps

As of 19 October 2015
Bold Rider still competing in Grand Prix motorcycle racing as of the season
Rider Fastest laps
1 Giacomo Agostini 117
2 Valentino Rossi 93
3 Ángel Nieto 81
4 Mike Hailwood 79
5 Dani Pedrosa 61
6 Michael Doohan 46
Marc Márquez 46
8 Max Biaggi 42
9 Phil Read 36
10 Jim Redman 35
Source:[2]

See also

References

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  2. ^ Select Riders' race fastest laps, all seasons, all classes, all countries, all tracks.