Fastest lap

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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 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 One[edit]

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 with 46. Since 2007, an award is given to the driver with the most fastest laps in a season;[1] 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 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 95 fastest laps and Ángel Nieto is third with 81.

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

As of 7 July 2019
Bold Rider still competing in Grand Prix motorcycle racing as of the 2019 season
Rider Fastest laps
1 Italy Giacomo Agostini 117
2 Italy Valentino Rossi 95
3 Spain Ángel Nieto 81
4 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 79
5 Spain Marc Márquez 66
6 Spain Dani Pedrosa 64
7 Australia Michael Doohan 46
8 Italy Max Biaggi 42
9 Spain Jorge Lorenzo 37
10 United Kingdom Phil Read 36

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DHL to sponsor Formula 1's fastest laps trophy". Brand Republic. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  2. ^ "Statistics". Retrieved 30 June 2019. Select Riders' race fastest laps, all seasons, all classes, all countries, all tracks.