Lewis Hamilton – top of the poles

WELL AHEAD: Hamilton likely to remain top pole man for the foreseeable future. Photo credit: Wikpedia

BRITAIN’S Lewis Hamilton now holds the record for the most pole positions in Formula 1 history, having qualified first on 69 occasions. Michael Schumacher is second with 68 and Ayrton Senna third with 65.

Senna holds the record for the most consecutive poles; when he qualified in first place eight Grand Prix in a row from the 1988 Spanish Grand Prix to the 1989 United States Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel is the youngest person to lead the grid, when he was 21 years, 72 days old when qualifying for the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. The oldest person to qualify in pole was Nino Farina, who at the time of the 1954 Argentine Grand Prix was 47 years, 79 days old.

As at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix, to date 98 drivers have been on pole position in the 969 Formula 1 Grand Prix since the first World Championship race, the 1950 British Grand Prix. From 2014 onwards the driver who achieves the most pole positions in a season is awarded the Pole Trophy which has so far been won by Nico Rosberg (2015) and Lewis Hamilton (2016).

Out of 969 completed Grand Prix, the driver that has qualified on pole position has gone on to win the race 407 times.



  1. Lewis Hamilton – United Kingdom – 69
  2. Michael Schumacher – Germany – 68
  3. Ayrton Senna – Brazil – 65
  4. Sebastian Vettel – Germany – 48
  5. Jim Clark – United Kingdom – 33
  6. Alain Prost – France – 33
  7. Nigel Mansell – United Kingdom – 32
  8. Nico Rosberg – Germany – 30
  9. Juan Manuel Fangio – Argentina – 29
  10. Mika Häkkinen – Finland – 26
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