In motorsport, the fastest lap is the quickest lap run during a race. Some racing series, like Formula One; and Formula 2, and A1 Grand Prix series, award championship points for a driver and/or team that set the fastest lap.
In Formula One, 132 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 and English driver Lewis Hamilton with 46. Since 2007, an award is given to the driver with the most fastest laps in a season. Until 1960, and since 2019, an extra point is given to anyone in the points who records a fastest lap.
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 racingEdit
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 95 fastest laps and Ángel Nieto is third with 81.
Top ten riders in Grand Prix motorcycle racing with most fastest lapsEdit
- As of 3 November 2019
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