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In motorsport, the fastest lap is the quickest lap run during a race. Some series, like the discontinued A1 Grand Prix and the current Formula 2 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.

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Formula OneEdit

In Formula One, 129 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 45. 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 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 12 November 2017
Bold Rider still competing in Grand Prix motorcycle racing as of the 2017 season
Rider Fastest laps
1   Giacomo Agostini 117
2   Valentino Rossi 95
3   Ángel Nieto 81
4   Mike Hailwood 79
5   Dani Pedrosa 64
6   Marc Márquez 53
7   Michael Doohan 46
8   Max Biaggi 42
9   Phil Read 36
10   Jim Redman 35
  Jorge Lorenzo 35
Source:[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DHL to sponsor Formula 1's fastest laps trophy". Brand Republic. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Statistics". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 12 November 2017.  Select Riders' race fastest laps, all seasons, all classes, all countries, all tracks.