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Fastest Lap F1

Who has driven the fastest lap at Formula 1 races in 2023? And how exactly does the fastest lap work? You can read all about it here.

F1 Snelste Raceronde Fastest Lap Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 2023 © XPBimages

What is the fastest lap?

The fastest lap speaks for itself, it is the fastest lap driven during the race by a driver. The Formula 1 driver who has driven the fastest lap at that time gets a 'purple clock icon' behind his name. This way, viewers can easily follow who has driven the fastest race lap at that moment. Is the fastest lap improved? Then a message will appear on screen with the driven time and the driver's name, and the purple clock moves to his name.

Bonus point fastest lap F1

Since 2019, it has been introduced that the driver with the fastest lap earns an extra World Cup point during a Grand Prix. However, a condition is that the driver must finish in the top 10. This element could create more excitement in the championship. It could happen that a driver is just one point short of the title. In 2008, when no extra point was awarded for the fastest race lap, Felipe Massa could be world champion instead of Lewis Hamilton.

F1 Lewis Hamilton & Felipe Massa 2008 © xpb.cc

Overview of fastest laps F1 2023

The table below shows the fastest laps per race in the 2023 Formula 1 season.

F1 fastest lap 2023

Grand Prix Driver Time
Bahrain GP Guanyu Zhou 1:33,996
Saudi Arabian GP Max Verstappen 1:31,906
Australian GP Sergio Perez 1:20,235
Azerbaijan GP George Russell 1:43,370
Miami GP Max Verstappen 1:29,708
Monaco GP Lewis Hamilton 1:15,650
Spanish GP Max Verstappen 1:16,330
Canadian GP Sergio Perez 1:14,481
Austrian GP Max Verstappen 1:07,012
British GP Max Verstappen 1:30,275
Hungarian GP Max Verstappen 1:20,502
Belgian GP Lewis Hamilton 1:47,305
Dutch GP Fernando Alonso 1:13,837
Italian GP Oscar Piastri 1:25,072
Singapore GP Lewis Hamilton 1:35,867

Overview fastest laps F1 by driver 2023

Below, you can see which Formula 1 driver has driven the most fastest laps so far (updated after the Dutch Grand Prix) and is on his way to the DHL Fastest Lap Award to be presented at the end of the season.

Overview fastest laps F1 by driver 2023

Driver Number of fastest laps
Max Verstappen 6
Lewis Hamilton 3
Sergio Perez 2
George Russell 2
Guanyu Zhou 1
Fernando Alonso 1
Oscar Piastri 1
F1 Max Verstappen Grand Prix Nederland Zandvoort 2023 © XPBimages

DHL Fastest Lap Award

In addition to the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award, the DHL also has a Fastest Lap Award. The driver who has driven the most fastest laps at the end of a season receives the DHL Fastest Lap Award. This award has been presented since 2007.

Overview of winners DHL Fastest Lap Award

Year Driver Team Number of fastest laps
2022 Max Verstappen Red Bull 5
2021 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 6
2020 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 6
2019 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 6
2018 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 7
2017 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 7
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 6
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 8
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 7
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 7
2012 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 6
2011 Mark Webber Red Bull 7
2010 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 5
2009 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 3
2008 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 10
2007 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 6

Top 10 fastest race laps by driver ever

The table below shows the top 10 drivers who have driven the most fastest laps ever.

Top 10 overview fastest laps by driver ever

Position Driver Number of fastest laps
1 Michael Schumacher 77
2 Lewis Hamilton 63
3 Kimi Raikkonen 46
4 Alain Prost 41
5 Sebastian Vettel 38
6 Nigel Mansell 30
7 Jim Clark 28
8 Max Verstappen 27
9 Mika Hakkinen 25
10 Nikki Lauda 24

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are the two drivers currently still racing who can be seen in the top 10, although Fernando Alonso is in spot 11, with 24 fastest race laps as well. He wrote another fastest race lap after the Dutch Grand Prix.

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