List of Formula One polesitters

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Michael Schumacher, who was polesitter a record 68 times in his career.

Formula One, abbreviated to F1, is the highest class of open-wheeled auto racing defined by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motorsport's world governing body.[1] The "formula" in the name refers to a set of rules to which all participants and cars must conform. The F1 World Championship season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held usually on purpose-built circuits, and in a few cases on closed city streets. The polesitter is the driver that has qualified for a Grand Prix in pole position, at the front of the starting grid. Drivers are awarded points based on their position at the end of each race, and the driver who accumulates the most points over each calendar year is crowned that year's World Champion. Out of 901 completed Grands Prix (as of the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix), the driver that has qualified on pole position has gone on to win the race 367 times.[2]

Qualifying is traditionally contested on the Saturday of a Grand Prix weekend to determine the drivers' positions on the starting grid. Historically, there have been a number of different qualifying systems; previously, each driver was only allowed a single lap to set his qualifying time.[3] Drivers currently have to compete in three rounds before pole position is determined. The first round known as Q1 is contested by 22 drivers in an 18-minute session, at the end of which the six slowest cars are eliminated. This is followed by Q2, a 15-minute session, where the slowest six are eliminated. The remaining 10 cars contest Q3, the final 12-minute session to determine their places on the grid and who will sit on pole-position.[4]

Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most pole positions, having qualified first on 68 occasions.[5] Ayrton Senna is second with 65 poles and Sebastian Vettel is third with 45 poles. Senna holds the record for the most consecutive poles; he qualified in first place eight Grands Prix in a row from the 1988 Spanish Grand Prix to the 1989 United States Grand Prix.[6] Vettel is the youngest polesitter, he was 21 years, 72 days old when he qualified in first place for the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.[7] The oldest person to qualify in pole position was Nino Farina, who was 47 years, 79 days old when he was polesitter for the 1954 Argentine Grand Prix.[8] As of the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix, 96 drivers have been on pole position in the 901 Grands Prix since the first World Championship race, the 1950 British Grand Prix.[9]

Polesitters[edit]

By driver[edit]

All figures correct as of the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix

Key
dagger Driver is competing in the 2014 season
Italics Formula One World Champion
Formula One polesitters
Rank Driver Country Poles Seasons active First pole Last pole
1 Schumacher, MichaelMichael Schumacher  Germany 68 19912006
20102012
1994 Monaco Grand Prix 2006 French Grand Prix
2 Senna, AyrtonAyrton Senna  Brazil 65 19841994 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
3 Vettel, SebastianSebastian Vetteldagger  Germany 45 2007 2008 Italian Grand Prix 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix
4 Hamilton, LewisLewis Hamiltondagger  United Kingdom 34 2007 2007 Canadian Grand Prix 2014 Chinese Grand Prix
5= Clark, JimJim Clark  United Kingdom 33 19601968 1962 Monaco Grand Prix 1968 South African Grand Prix
5= Prost, AlainAlain Prost  France 33 19801991
1993
1981 German Grand Prix 1993 Japanese Grand Prix
7 Mansell, NigelNigel Mansell  United Kingdom 32 19801992
19941995
1984 Dallas Grand Prix 1994 Australian Grand Prix
8 Fangio, Juan ManuelJuan Manuel Fangio  Argentina 29 19501951
19531958
1950 Monaco Grand Prix 1958 Argentine Grand Prix
9 Hakkinen, MikaMika Häkkinen  Finland 26 19912001 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix 2000 Belgian Grand Prix
10= Lauda, NikiNiki Lauda  Austria 24 19711979
19821985
1974 South African Grand Prix 1978 South African Grand Prix
10= Piquet, NelsonNelson Piquet  Brazil 24 19781991 1980 United States Grand Prix West 1987 Spanish Grand Prix
12 Alonso, FernandoFernando Alonsodagger  Spain 22 2001
2003
2003 Malaysian Grand Prix 2012 German Grand Prix
13 Hill, DamonDamon Hill  United Kingdom 20 19921999 1993 French Grand Prix 1996 Portuguese Grand Prix
14= Andretti, MarioMario Andretti  United States 18 19681972
19741982
1968 United States Grand Prix 1982 Italian Grand Prix
14= Arnoux, RenéRené Arnoux  France 18 19781989 1979 Austrian Grand Prix 1983 British Grand Prix
16 Stewart, JackieJackie Stewart  United Kingdom 17 19651973 1969 Monaco Grand Prix 1973 German Grand Prix
17= Moss, StirlingStirling Moss  United Kingdom 16 19511961 1955 British Grand Prix 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
17= Raikkonen, KimiKimi Räikkönendagger  Finland 16 20012009
2012
2003 European Grand Prix 2008 French Grand Prix
19 Massa, FelipeFelipe Massadagger  Brazil 15 2002
2004
2006 Turkish Grand Prix 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
20= Ascari, AlbertoAlberto Ascari  Italy 14 19501955 1951 German Grand Prix 1954 Spanish Grand Prix
20= Peterson, RonnieRonnie Peterson  Sweden 14 19701978 1973 Brazilian Grand Prix 1978 Austrian Grand Prix
20= Hunt, JamesJames Hunt  United Kingdom 14 19731979 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix 1977 United States Grand Prix
20= Barrichello, RubensRubens Barrichello  Brazil 14 19932011 1994 Belgian Grand Prix 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix
24= Brabham, JackJack Brabham  Australia 13 19551970 1959 British Grand Prix 1970 Spanish Grand Prix
24= Hill, GrahamGraham Hill  United Kingdom 13 19581975 1962 Belgian Grand Prix 1968 British Grand Prix
24= Ickx, JackyJacky Ickx  Belgium 13 19671979 1968 German Grand Prix 1972 Italian Grand Prix
24= Villeneuve, JacquesJacques Villeneuve  Canada 13 19962006 1996 Australian Grand Prix 1997 European Grand Prix
24= Montoya, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Montoya  Colombia 13 20012006 2001 German Grand Prix 2005 Belgian Grand Prix
24= Webber, MarkMark Webber  Australia 13 20022013 2009 German Grand Prix 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
30= Berger, GerhardGerhard Berger  Austria 12 19841997 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix 1997 German Grand Prix
30= Coulthard, DavidDavid Coulthard  United Kingdom 12 19942008 1995 Argentine Grand Prix 2001 Monaco Grand Prix
32 Rindt, JochenJochen Rindt  Austria 10 19641970 1968 French Grand Prix 1970 Austrian Grand Prix
33= Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees  United Kingdom 8 19601972 1960 Portuguese Grand Prix 1968 Italian Grand Prix
33= Patrese, RiccardoRiccardo Patrese  Italy 8 19771993 1981 United States Grand Prix West 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix
33= Button, JensonJenson Buttondagger  United Kingdom 8 2000 2004 San Marino Grand Prix 2012 Belgian Grand Prix
36 Laffite, JacquesJacques Laffite  France 7 19741986 1976 Italian Grand Prix 1981 Spanish Grand Prix
37= Hill, PhilPhil Hill  United States 6 19581964
1966
1960 Italian Grand Prix 1961 German Grand Prix
37= Reutemann, CarlosCarlos Reutemann  Argentina 6 19721982 1972 Argentine Grand Prix 1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
37= Fittipaldi, EmersonEmerson Fittipaldi  Brazil 6 19701980 1972 Monaco Grand Prix 1974 Canadian Grand Prix
37= Jabouille, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Jabouille  France 6 19741975
19771981
1979 South African Grand Prix 1980 South African Grand Prix
37= Jones, AlanAlan Jones  Australia 6 19751981
1983
19851986
1979 British Grand Prix 1980 German Grand Prix
37= Schumacher, RalfRalf Schumacher  Germany 6 19972007 2001 French Grand Prix 2005 Japanese Grand Prix
43= Farina, NinoNino Farina  Italy 5 19501955 1950 British Grand Prix 1954 Argentine Grand Prix
43= Amon, ChrisChris Amon  New Zealand 5 19631976 1968 Spanish Grand Prix 1972 French Grand Prix
43= Regazzoni, ClayClay Regazzoni   Switzerland 5 19701980 1970 Mexican Grand Prix 1976 United States Grand Prix West
43= Rosberg, KekeKeke Rosberg  Finland 5 19781986 1982 British Grand Prix 1986 German Grand Prix
43= Tambay, PatrickPatrick Tambay  France 5 19771979
19811986
1983 United States Grand Prix West 1984 French Grand Prix
43= Rosberg, NicoNico Rosbergdagger  Germany 5 2006 2012 Chinese Grand Prix 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix
49= Hawthorn, MikeMike Hawthorn  United Kingdom 4 19521958 1958 Belgian Grand Prix 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix
49= Pironi, DidierDidier Pironi  France 4 19781982 1980 Monaco Grand Prix 1982 German Grand Prix
49= Fisichella, GiancarloGiancarlo Fisichella  Italy 4 19962009 1998 Austrian Grand Prix 2009 Belgian Grand Prix
49= Trulli, JarnoJarno Trulli  Italy 4 19972011 2004 Monaco Grand Prix 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix
53= González, José FroilánJosé Froilán González  Argentina 3 1950
19571960
1951 British Grand Prix 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
53= Brooks, TonyTony Brooks  United Kingdom 3 19561961 1958 Monaco Grand Prix 1959 German Grand Prix
53= Gurney, DanDan Gurney  United States 3 19591968
1970
1962 German Grand Prix 1964 Belgian Grand Prix
53= Jarier, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Jarier  France 3 1971
19731983
1975 Argentine Grand Prix 1978 Canadian Grand Prix
53= Scheckter, JodyJody Scheckter  South Africa 3 19721980 1976 Swedish Grand Prix 1979 Monaco Grand Prix
53= de Angelis, ElioElio de Angelis  Italy 3 19791986 1983 European Grand Prix 1985 Canadian Grand Prix
53= Fabi, TeoTeo Fabi  Italy 3 1982
19841987
1985 German Grand Prix 1986 Italian Grand Prix
60= Lewis-Evans, StuartStuart Lewis-Evans  United Kingdom 2 19571958 1957 Italian Grand Prix 1958 Dutch Grand Prix
60= Siffert, JoJo Siffert   Switzerland 2 19621971 1968 Mexican Grand Prix 1971 Austrian Grand Prix
60= Watson, JohnJohn Watson  United Kingdom 2 19731983
1985
1977 Monaco Grand Prix 1978 French Grand Prix
60= Villeneuve, GillesGilles Villeneuve  Canada 2 19771982 1979 United States Grand Prix West 1981 San Marino Grand Prix
60= Alboreto, MicheleMichele Alboreto  Italy 2 19811994 1984 Belgian Grand Prix 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
60= Alesi, JeanJean Alesi  France 2 19892001 1994 Italian Grand Prix 1997 Italian Grand Prix
60= Frentzen, Heinz-HaraldHeinz-Harald Frentzen  Germany 2 19942003 1997 Monaco Grand Prix 1999 European Grand Prix
67= Faulkner, WaltWalt Faulkner  United States 1 19501951
19531955
1950 Indianapolis 500 1950 Indianapolis 500
67= Nalon, DukeDuke Nalon  United States 1 19511953 1951 Indianapolis 500 1951 Indianapolis 500
67= Agabashian, FredFred Agabashian  United States 1 19501957 1952 Indianapolis 500 1952 Indianapolis 500
67= Vukovich, BillBill Vukovich  United States 1 19511955 1953 Indianapolis 500 1953 Indianapolis 500
67= McGrath, JackJack McGrath  United States 1 19501955 1954 Indianapolis 500 1954 Indianapolis 500
67= Hoyt, JerryJerry Hoyt  United States 1 1950
19531955
1955 Indianapolis 500 1955 Indianapolis 500
67= Castellotti, EugenioEugenio Castellotti  Italy 1 19551957 1955 Belgian Grand Prix 1955 Belgian Grand Prix
67= Flaherty, PatPat Flaherty  United States 1 1950
19531956
1959
1956 Indianapolis 500 1956 Indianapolis 500
67= O'Connor, PatPat O'Connor  United States 1 19541958 1957 Indianapolis 500 1957 Indianapolis 500
67= Rathmann, DickDick Rathmann  United States 1 1950
19561960
1958 Indianapolis 500 1958 Indianapolis 500
67= Thomson, JohnnyJohnny Thomson  United States 1 19531960 1959 Indianapolis 500 1959 Indianapolis 500
67= Bonnier, JoJo Bonnier  Sweden 1 19561971 1959 Dutch Grand Prix 1959 Dutch Grand Prix
67= Sachs, EddieEddie Sachs  United States 1 19571960 1960 Indianapolis 500 1960 Indianapolis 500
67= von Trips, WolfgangWolfgang von Trips  Germany 1 19561961 1961 Italian Grand Prix 1961 Italian Grand Prix
67= Bandini, LorenzoLorenzo Bandini  Italy 1 19611967 1966 French Grand Prix 1966 French Grand Prix
67= Parkes, MikeMike Parkes  United Kingdom 1 1959
19661967
1966 Italian Grand Prix 1966 Italian Grand Prix
67= Revson, PeterPeter Revson  United States 1 1964
19711974
1972 Canadian Grand Prix 1972 Canadian Grand Prix
67= Hulme, DennyDenny Hulme  New Zealand 1 19651974 1973 South African Grand Prix 1973 South African Grand Prix
67= Depailler, PatrickPatrick Depailler  France 1 1972
19741980
1974 Swedish Grand Prix 1974 Swedish Grand Prix
67= Pace, José CarlosJosé Carlos Pace  Brazil 1 19721977 1975 South African Grand Prix 1975 South African Grand Prix
67= Brambilla, VittorioVittorio Brambilla  Italy 1 19741980 1975 Swedish Grand Prix 1975 Swedish Grand Prix
67= Pryce, TomTom Pryce  United Kingdom 1 19741977 1975 British Grand Prix 1975 British Grand Prix
67= Giacomelli, BrunoBruno Giacomelli  Italy 1 19771983
1990
1980 United States Grand Prix 1980 United States Grand Prix
67= de Cesaris, AndreaAndrea de Cesaris  Italy 1 19801994 1982 United States Grand Prix West 1982 United States Grand Prix West
67= Boutsen, ThierryThierry Boutsen  Belgium 1 19831993 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix
67= Heidfeld, NickNick Heidfeld  Germany 1 20002011 2005 European Grand Prix 2005 European Grand Prix
67= Kubica, RobertRobert Kubica  Poland 1 20062010 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix
67= Kovalainen, HeikkiHeikki Kovalainen  Finland 1 20072013 2008 British Grand Prix 2008 British Grand Prix
67= Hülkenberg, NicoNico Hülkenbergdagger  Germany 1 2010
2012
2010 Brazilian Grand Prix 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix
67= Maldonado, PastorPastor Maldonadodagger  Venezuela 1 2011 2012 Spanish Grand Prix 2012 Spanish Grand Prix

By nationality[edit]

Formula One polesitters by country
Country Poles Driver(s)
 United Kingdom 220 17
 Germany 129 8
 Brazil 125 6
 France 79 9
 Finland 48 4
 Italy 48 13
 Austria 46 3
 United States 39 15
 Argentina 38 3
 Australia 32 3
 Spain 22 1
 Canada 15 2
 Sweden 15 2
 Belgium 14 2
 Colombia 13 1
  Switzerland 7 2
 New Zealand 6 2
 South Africa 3 1
 Poland 1 1
 Venezuela 1 1

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ "About FIA". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Pole position and Win". StatsF1. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "2003 Formula One Sporting Regulations" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). 19 March 2003. p. 12. Archived from the original on 3 February 2004. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Practice and qualifying". Formula One. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Michael Schumacher". Formula One. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Lynch, Steven (22 June 2012). "The winning formula". ESPN. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Benson, Andrew (13 September 2008). "Vettel on pole at rain-hit Monza". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Pole Positions by Age". StatsF1. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "British GP is secure: Ecclestone". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 June 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 

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