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 957 completed Grands Prix (as of the 2017 Australian Grand Prix), the driver that has qualified on pole position has gone on to win the race 399 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 twenty-two 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 again eliminated. The remaining ten 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 Lewis Hamilton is third with 62 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 2017 Australian Grand Prix, 97 drivers have been on pole position in the 957 Grands Prix since the first World Championship race, the 1950 British Grand Prix.[9] From 2014 onwards the driver who achieves the most pole positions in a season is awarded the Pole Trophy. The Inaugural Pole Trophy was won by Nico Rosberg; the 2015 and 2016 Trophy was won by Lewis Hamilton.

Polesitters[edit]

By driver[edit]

All figures correct as of the 2017 Australian Grand Prix

Key
dagger Driver has competed in the 2017 season
Bold 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 Hamilton, LewisLewis Hamiltondagger  United Kingdom 62 2007 2007 Canadian Grand Prix 2017 Australian Grand Prix
4 Vettel, SebastianSebastian Vetteldagger  Germany 46 2007 2008 Italian Grand Prix 2015 Singapore 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 Rosberg, NicoNico Rosberg  Germany 30 20062016 2012 Chinese Grand Prix 2016 Japanese Grand Prix
9 Fangio, Juan ManuelJuan Manuel Fangio  Argentina 29 19501951
19531958
1950 Monaco Grand Prix 1958 Argentine Grand Prix
10 Hakkinen, MikaMika Häkkinen  Finland 26 19912001 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix 2000 Belgian Grand Prix
11 Lauda, NikiNiki Lauda  Austria 24 19711979
19821985
1974 South African Grand Prix 1978 South African Grand Prix
11 Piquet, NelsonNelson Piquet  Brazil 24 19781991 1980 United States Grand Prix West 1987 Spanish Grand Prix
13 Alonso, FernandoFernando Alonsodagger  Spain 22 2001
2003
2003 Malaysian Grand Prix 2012 German Grand Prix
14 Hill, DamonDamon Hill  United Kingdom 20 19921999 1993 French Grand Prix 1996 Portuguese Grand Prix
15 Andretti, MarioMario Andretti  United States 18 19681972
19741982
1968 United States Grand Prix 1982 Italian Grand Prix
15 Arnoux, RenéRené Arnoux  France 18 19781989 1979 Austrian Grand Prix 1983 British Grand Prix
17 Stewart, JackieJackie Stewart  United Kingdom 17 19651973 1969 Monaco Grand Prix 1973 German Grand Prix
18 Moss, StirlingStirling Moss  United Kingdom 16 19511961 1955 British Grand Prix 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
18 Raikkonen, KimiKimi Räikkönendagger  Finland 16 20012009
2012
2003 European Grand Prix 2008 French Grand Prix
18 Massa, FelipeFelipe Massadagger  Brazil 16 2002
2004
2006 Turkish Grand Prix 2014 Austrian Grand Prix
21 Ascari, AlbertoAlberto Ascari  Italy 14 19501955 1951 German Grand Prix 1954 Spanish Grand Prix
21 Peterson, RonnieRonnie Peterson  Sweden 14 19701978 1973 Brazilian Grand Prix 1978 Austrian Grand Prix
21 Hunt, JamesJames Hunt  United Kingdom 14 19731979 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix 1977 United States Grand Prix
21 Barrichello, RubensRubens Barrichello  Brazil 14 19932011 1994 Belgian Grand Prix 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix
25 Brabham, JackJack Brabham  Australia 13 19551970 1959 British Grand Prix 1970 Spanish Grand Prix
25 Hill, GrahamGraham Hill  United Kingdom 13 19581975 1962 Belgian Grand Prix 1968 British Grand Prix
25 Ickx, JackyJacky Ickx  Belgium 13 19671979 1968 German Grand Prix 1972 Italian Grand Prix
25 Villeneuve, JacquesJacques Villeneuve  Canada 13 19962006 1996 Australian Grand Prix 1997 European Grand Prix
25 Montoya, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Montoya  Colombia 13 20012006 2001 German Grand Prix 2005 Belgian Grand Prix
25 Webber, MarkMark Webber  Australia 13 20022013 2009 German Grand Prix 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
31 Berger, GerhardGerhard Berger  Austria 12 19841997 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix 1997 German Grand Prix
31 Coulthard, DavidDavid Coulthard  United Kingdom 12 19942008 1995 Argentine Grand Prix 2001 Monaco Grand Prix
33 Rindt, JochenJochen Rindt  Austria 10 19641970 1968 French Grand Prix 1970 Austrian Grand Prix
34 Surtees, JohnJohn Surtees  United Kingdom 8 19601972 1960 Portuguese Grand Prix 1968 Italian Grand Prix
34 Patrese, RiccardoRiccardo Patrese  Italy 8 19771993 1981 United States Grand Prix West 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix
34 Button, JensonJenson Button  United Kingdom 8 20002016 2004 San Marino Grand Prix 2012 Belgian Grand Prix
37 Laffite, JacquesJacques Laffite  France 7 19741986 1976 Italian Grand Prix 1981 Spanish Grand Prix
38 Hill, PhilPhil Hill  United States 6 19581964
1966
1960 Italian Grand Prix 1961 German Grand Prix
38 Reutemann, CarlosCarlos Reutemann  Argentina 6 19721982 1972 Argentine Grand Prix 1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
38 Fittipaldi, EmersonEmerson Fittipaldi  Brazil 6 19701980 1972 Monaco Grand Prix 1974 Canadian Grand Prix
38 Jabouille, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Jabouille  France 6 19741975
19771981
1979 South African Grand Prix 1980 South African Grand Prix
38 Jones, AlanAlan Jones  Australia 6 19751981
1983
19851986
1979 British Grand Prix 1980 German Grand Prix
38 Schumacher, RalfRalf Schumacher  Germany 6 19972007 2001 French Grand Prix 2005 Japanese Grand Prix
44 Farina, NinoNino Farina  Italy 5 19501955 1950 British Grand Prix 1954 Argentine Grand Prix
44 Amon, ChrisChris Amon  New Zealand 5 19631976 1968 Spanish Grand Prix 1972 French Grand Prix
44 Regazzoni, ClayClay Regazzoni   Switzerland 5 19701980 1970 Mexican Grand Prix 1976 United States Grand Prix West
44 Rosberg, KekeKeke Rosberg  Finland 5 19781986 1982 British Grand Prix 1986 German Grand Prix
44 Tambay, PatrickPatrick Tambay  France 5 19771979
19811986
1983 United States Grand Prix West 1984 French 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 Maldonado  Venezuela 1 20112015 2012 Spanish Grand Prix 2012 Spanish Grand Prix
67 Ricciardo, DanielDaniel Ricciardodagger  Australia 1 2011 2016 Monaco Grand Prix 2016 Monaco Grand Prix

By nationality[edit]

Formula One polesitters by country
Country Poles Driver(s)
 United Kingdom 248 17
 Germany 155 8
 Brazil 126 6
 France 79 9
 Finland 48 4
 Italy 48 13
 Austria 46 3
 United States 39 15
 Argentina 38 3
 Australia 33 4
 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. Retrieved 2 September 2010. [dead link]
  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. ^ Lynch, Steven (29 March 2013). "Team treachery – Ask Steven". ESPN. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "British GP is secure: Ecclestone". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 

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