List of Formula One polesitters

Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the most career pole positions with 83.

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 997 completed Grands Prix (as of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix), the driver that has qualified on pole position has gone on to win the race 417 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 drivers in an 18-minute session, at the end of which the five slowest cars are eliminated. This is followed by Q2, a 15-minute session, where the slowest five 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]

Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the most pole positions, having qualified first on 83 occasions. Michael Schumacher is second with 68 pole positions.[5]Ayrton Senna is third with 65 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] Sebastian 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 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix, 98 drivers have been on pole position in the 996 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, 2016, 2017 and 2018 trophies were won by Lewis Hamilton.

Polesitter totals[]

By driver[]

All figures correct as of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Key
Drivers who competed in the 2018 season
Bold Formula One World Champion
Progression of the record for most F1 pole positions
Lewis Hamilton is a five-time world champion and holds the record for most pole positions, and for the most wins from pole.
Michael Schumacher has won the World Drivers' Championship a record seven times – twice with Benetton and five times with Ferrari.
Ayrton Senna was known for consistently high qualifying performance
Sebastian Vettel achieved 44 of his pole position tally with Red Bull Racing, for whom he also won four consecutive titles.
Jim Clark held the record for most F1 pole positions for 22 years (1967-1989)
Juan Manuel Fangio is five-time world champion, and holds the record for highest percentage of pole positions (56% of qualifications on pole)
Lewis Hamilton raises Ayrton Senna's helmet, offered by the latter's family on surpassing the Brazilian driver's record tally of pole positions in 2017
Formula One polesitters
Rank Driver Country Poles Entries Seasons active First pole Last pole
1 Lewis Hamilton  United Kingdom 83 229 2007 2007 Canadian Grand Prix 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2 Michael Schumacher  Germany 68 308 19912006
20102012
1994 Monaco Grand Prix 2006 French Grand Prix
3 Ayrton Senna  Brazil 65 162 19841994 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
4 Sebastian Vettel  Germany 55 220 2007 2008 Italian Grand Prix 2018 German Grand Prix
5 Jim Clark  United Kingdom 33 73 19601968 1962 Monaco Grand Prix 1968 South African Grand Prix
5 Alain Prost  France 33 202 19801991
1993
1981 German Grand Prix 1993 Japanese Grand Prix
7 Nigel Mansell  United Kingdom 32 191 19801992
19941995
1984 Dallas Grand Prix 1994 Australian Grand Prix
8 Nico Rosberg  Germany 30 206 20062016 2012 Chinese Grand Prix 2016 Japanese Grand Prix
9 Juan Manuel Fangio  Argentina 29 53 19501951
19531958
1950 Monaco Grand Prix 1958 Argentine Grand Prix
10 Mika Häkkinen  Finland 26 165 19912001 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix 2000 Belgian Grand Prix
11 Niki Lauda  Austria 24 177 19711979
19821985
1974 South African Grand Prix 1978 South African Grand Prix
11 Nelson Piquet  Brazil 24 207 19781991 1980 United States Grand Prix West 1987 Spanish Grand Prix
13 Fernando Alonso  Spain 22 314 2001
2003
2003 Malaysian Grand Prix 2012 German Grand Prix
14 Damon Hill  United Kingdom 20 122 19921999 1993 French Grand Prix 1996 Portuguese Grand Prix
15 Mario Andretti  United States 18 131 19681972
19741982
1968 United States Grand Prix 1982 Italian Grand Prix
15 René Arnoux  France 18 165 19781989 1979 Austrian Grand Prix 1983 British Grand Prix
15 Kimi Räikkönen  Finland 18 294 20012009
2012
2003 European Grand Prix 2018 Italian Grand Prix
18 Jackie Stewart  United Kingdom 17 100 19651973 1969 Monaco Grand Prix 1973 German Grand Prix
19 Stirling Moss  United Kingdom 16 67 19511961 1955 British Grand Prix 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
19 Felipe Massa  Brazil 16 272 2002
20042017
2006 Turkish Grand Prix 2014 Austrian Grand Prix
21 Alberto Ascari  Italy 14 33 19501955 1951 German Grand Prix 1954 Spanish Grand Prix
21 Ronnie Peterson  Sweden 14 123 19701978 1973 Brazilian Grand Prix 1978 Austrian Grand Prix
21 James Hunt  United Kingdom 14 93 19731979 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix 1977 United States Grand Prix
21 Rubens Barrichello  Brazil 14 326 19932011 1994 Belgian Grand Prix 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix
25 Jack Brabham  Australia 13 128 19551970 1959 British Grand Prix 1970 Spanish Grand Prix
25 Graham Hill  United Kingdom 13 179 19581975 1962 Belgian Grand Prix 1968 British Grand Prix
25 Jacky Ickx  Belgium 13 122 19671979 1968 German Grand Prix 1972 Italian Grand Prix
25 Jacques Villeneuve  Canada 13 165 19962006 1996 Australian Grand Prix 1997 European Grand Prix
25 Juan Pablo Montoya  Colombia 13 95 20012006 2001 German Grand Prix 2005 Belgian Grand Prix
25 Mark Webber  Australia 13 217 20022013 2009 German Grand Prix 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
31 Gerhard Berger  Austria 12 210 19841997 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix 1997 German Grand Prix
31 David Coulthard  United Kingdom 12 247 19942008 1995 Argentine Grand Prix 2001 Monaco Grand Prix
33 Jochen Rindt  Austria 10 62 19641970 1968 French Grand Prix 1970 Austrian Grand Prix
34 John Surtees  United Kingdom 8 113 19601972 1960 Portuguese Grand Prix 1968 Italian Grand Prix
34 Riccardo Patrese  Italy 8 257 19771993 1981 United States Grand Prix West 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix
34 Jenson Button  United Kingdom 8 309 20002017 2004 San Marino Grand Prix 2012 Belgian Grand Prix
37 Jacques Laffite  France 7 180 19741986 1976 Italian Grand Prix 1981 Spanish Grand Prix
38 Phil Hill  United States 6 51 19581964
1966
1960 Italian Grand Prix 1961 German Grand Prix
38 Carlos Reutemann  Argentina 6 146 19721982 1972 Argentine Grand Prix 1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
38 Emerson Fittipaldi  Brazil 6 149 19701980 1972 Monaco Grand Prix 1974 Canadian Grand Prix
38 Jean-Pierre Jabouille  France 6 55 19741975
19771981
1979 South African Grand Prix 1980 South African Grand Prix
38 Alan Jones  Australia 6 117 19751981
1983
19851986
1979 British Grand Prix 1980 German Grand Prix
38 Ralf Schumacher  Germany 6 182 19972007 2001 French Grand Prix 2005 Japanese Grand Prix
38 Valtteri Bottas  Finland 6 119 2013 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix 2018 Russian Grand Prix
45 Nino Farina  Italy 5 36 19501955 1950 British Grand Prix 1954 Argentine Grand Prix
45 Chris Amon  New Zealand 5 108 19631976 1968 Spanish Grand Prix 1972 French Grand Prix
45 Clay Regazzoni   Switzerland 5 139 19701980 1970 Mexican Grand Prix 1976 United States Grand Prix West
45 Keke Rosberg  Finland 5 128 19781986 1982 British Grand Prix 1986 German Grand Prix
45 Patrick Tambay  France 5 123 19771979
19811986
1983 United States Grand Prix West 1984 French Grand Prix
50 Mike Hawthorn  United Kingdom 4 47 19521958 1958 Belgian Grand Prix 1958 Moroccan Grand Prix
50 Didier Pironi  France 4 72 19781982 1980 Monaco Grand Prix 1982 German Grand Prix
50 Giancarlo Fisichella  Italy 4 231 19962009 1998 Austrian Grand Prix 2009 Belgian Grand Prix
50 Jarno Trulli  Italy 4 256 19972011 2004 Monaco Grand Prix 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix
54 José Froilán González  Argentina 3 26 1950-1957
1960
1951 British Grand Prix 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
54 Tony Brooks  United Kingdom 3 39 19561961 1958 Monaco Grand Prix 1959 German Grand Prix
54 Dan Gurney  United States 3 87 19591968
1970
1962 German Grand Prix 1964 Belgian Grand Prix
54 Jean-Pierre Jarier  France 3 143 1971
19731983
1975 Argentine Grand Prix 1978 Canadian Grand Prix
54 Jody Scheckter  South Africa 3 113 19721980 1976 Swedish Grand Prix 1979 Monaco Grand Prix
54 Elio de Angelis  Italy 3 109 19791986 1983 European Grand Prix 1985 Canadian Grand Prix
54 Teo Fabi  Italy 3 71 1982
19841987
1985 German Grand Prix 1986 Italian Grand Prix
54 Daniel Ricciardo  Australia 3 150 2011 2016 Monaco Grand Prix 2018 Mexican Grand Prix
62 Stuart Lewis-Evans  United Kingdom 2 14 19571958 1957 Italian Grand Prix 1958 Dutch Grand Prix
62 Jo Siffert   Switzerland 2 100 19621971 1968 Mexican Grand Prix 1971 Austrian Grand Prix
62 John Watson  United Kingdom 2 154 19731983
1985
1977 Monaco Grand Prix 1978 French Grand Prix
62 Gilles Villeneuve  Canada 2 68 19771982 1979 United States Grand Prix West 1981 San Marino Grand Prix
62 Michele Alboreto  Italy 2 215 19811994 1984 Belgian Grand Prix 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
62 Jean Alesi  France 2 202 19892001 1994 Italian Grand Prix 1997 Italian Grand Prix
62 Heinz-Harald Frentzen  Germany 2 160 19942003 1997 Monaco Grand Prix 1999 European Grand Prix
69 Walt Faulkner  United States 1 6 19501951
19531955
1950 Indianapolis 500 1950 Indianapolis 500
69 Duke Nalon  United States 1 5 19511953 1951 Indianapolis 500 1951 Indianapolis 500
69 Fred Agabashian  United States 1 9 19501957 1952 Indianapolis 500 1952 Indianapolis 500
69 Bill Vukovich  United States 1 6 19511955 1953 Indianapolis 500 1953 Indianapolis 500
69 Jack McGrath  United States 1 6 19501955 1954 Indianapolis 500 1954 Indianapolis 500
69 Jerry Hoyt  United States 1 5 1950
19531955
1955 Indianapolis 500 1955 Indianapolis 500
69 Eugenio Castellotti  Italy 1 14 19551957 1955 Belgian Grand Prix 1955 Belgian Grand Prix
69 Pat Flaherty  United States 1 6 1950
19531956
1959
1956 Indianapolis 500 1956 Indianapolis 500
69 Pat O'Connor  United States 1 6 19541958 1957 Indianapolis 500 1957 Indianapolis 500
69 Dick Rathmann  United States 1 6 1950
19561960
1958 Indianapolis 500 1958 Indianapolis 500
69 Johnny Thomson  United States 1 8 19531960 1959 Indianapolis 500 1959 Indianapolis 500
69 Jo Bonnier  Sweden 1 108 19561971 1959 Dutch Grand Prix 1959 Dutch Grand Prix
69 Eddie Sachs  United States 1 7 19571960 1960 Indianapolis 500 1960 Indianapolis 500
69 Wolfgang von Trips  Germany 1 29 19561961 1961 Italian Grand Prix 1961 Italian Grand Prix
69 Lorenzo Bandini  Italy 1 42 19611967 1966 French Grand Prix 1966 French Grand Prix
69 Mike Parkes  United Kingdom 1 7 1959
19661967
1966 Italian Grand Prix 1966 Italian Grand Prix
69 Peter Revson  United States 1 32 1964
19711974
1972 Canadian Grand Prix 1972 Canadian Grand Prix
69 Denny Hulme  New Zealand 1 112 19651974 1973 South African Grand Prix 1973 South African Grand Prix
69 Patrick Depailler  France 1 95 1972
19741980
1974 Swedish Grand Prix 1974 Swedish Grand Prix
69 José Carlos Pace  Brazil 1 73 19721977 1975 South African Grand Prix 1975 South African Grand Prix
69 Vittorio Brambilla  Italy 1 79 19741980 1975 Swedish Grand Prix 1975 Swedish Grand Prix
69 Tom Pryce  United Kingdom 1 42 19741977 1975 British Grand Prix 1975 British Grand Prix
69 Bruno Giacomelli  Italy 1 82 19771983
1990
1980 United States Grand Prix 1980 United States Grand Prix
69 Andrea de Cesaris  Italy 1 214 19801994 1982 United States Grand Prix West 1982 United States Grand Prix West
69 Thierry Boutsen  Belgium 1 164 19831993 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix
69 Nick Heidfeld  Germany 1 185 20002011 2005 European Grand Prix 2005 European Grand Prix
69 Robert Kubica  Poland 1 76 20062010 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix
69 Heikki Kovalainen  Finland 1 112 20072013 2008 British Grand Prix 2008 British Grand Prix
69 Nico Hülkenberg  Germany 1 158 2010
2012
2010 Brazilian Grand Prix 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix
69 Pastor Maldonado  Venezuela 1 96 20112015 2012 Spanish Grand Prix 2012 Spanish Grand Prix

By nationality[]

Formula One polesitters by country
Country Poles Driver(s)
 United Kingdom 269 17
 Germany 164 8
 Brazil 126 6
 France 79 9
 Finland 56 5
 Italy 48 13
 Austria 46 3
 United States 39 15
 Argentina 38 3
 Australia 35 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

Most pole positions per season[]

All figures correct as of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Key
Drivers who competed in the 2018 season
Bold Won the World Championship in the same year
Year Driver(s) Constructor(s) Poles Races
1950 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo 4 7
1951 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo 4 8
1952 Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari 5 8
1953 Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari 6 9
1954 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati, Germany Mercedes 5 9
1955 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Germany Mercedes 3 7
1956 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Ferrari 6 8
1957 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati 4 8
1958 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Ferrari 4 11
1959 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 4 9
1960 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 4 10
1961 United States Phil Hill Italy Ferrari 5 8
1962 United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax 6 9
1963 United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax 7 10
1964 United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax 5 10
1965 United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax 6 10
1966 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Brabham-Repco 3 9
1967 United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 6 11
1968 New Zealand Chris Amon Italy Ferrari 3 12
1969 Austria Jochen Rindt United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 5 11
1970 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 4 13
Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari
1971 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 6 11
1972 Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari 4 12
1973 Sweden Ronnie Peterson United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 9 15
1974 Austria Niki Lauda Italy Ferrari 9 15
1975 Austria Niki Lauda Italy Ferrari 9 14
1976 United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 8 16
1977 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 7 17
1978 United States Mario Andretti United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 8 16
1979 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille France Renault 4 15
France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Ford
1980 France René Arnoux France Renault 3 14
Australia Alan Jones United Kingdom Williams-Ford
1981 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-Ford 4 15
France René Arnoux France Renault
1982 France Alain Prost France Renault 5 16
France René Arnoux
1983 France René Arnoux Italy Ferrari 4 15
France Patrick Tambay Italy Ferrari
1984 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 9 16
1985 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 7 16
1986 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 8 16
1987 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 8 16
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 13 16
1989 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 13 16
1990 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 10 16
1991 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 8 16
1992 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Renault 14 16
1993 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 13 16
1994 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Benetton-Ford 6 16
1995 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 7 17
1996 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 9 16
1997 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 10 17
1998 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 9 16
1999 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 11 16
2000 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 9 17
2001 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 11 17
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 7 17
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW
2003 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 5 16
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 8 18
2005 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 6 19
2006 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 6 18
2007 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 6 17
Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari
2008 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 7 18
2009 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes 4 17
Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
2010 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 10 19
2011 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 15 19
2012 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 7 20
2013 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 9 19
2014 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 11 19
2015 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 11 19
2016 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 12 21
2017 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 11 20
2018 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 11 21

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