Fastest lap

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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 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.

Formula 1[edit]

In Formula One, 126 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 Frenchman Alain Prost with 41 and Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen with 40. 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 increase 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[edit]

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 88 fastest laps and Ángel Nieto is third with 81.

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

As of 17 August 2014
Bold Rider still competing in Grand Prix motorcycle racing as of the 2014 season
Rider Fastest laps
1 Italy Giacomo Agostini 117
2 Italy Valentino Rossi 88
3 Spain Ángel Nieto 81
4 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 79
5 Spain Dani Pedrosa 61
6 Australia Michael Doohan 46
7 Italy Max Biaggi 42
8 United Kingdom Phil Read 36
9 Rhodesia Jim Redman 35
Spain Marc Márquez 35
Source:[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DHL to sponsor Formula 1's fastest laps trophy". Brand Republic. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Statistics". MotoGP.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  Select Riders' race fastest laps, all seasons, all classes, all countries, all tracks.