In motorsport, the fastest lap is the quickest lap run during a race. Some series, like the discontinued A1 Grand Prix and the current GP2 series, award bonus points to the driver/team with the fastest lap. In Formula One, where until 1960 drivers were awarded a point for setting fastest lap, Michael Schumacher holds the current record for the most fastest laps with 77.
In Formula One, 128 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 Frenchman Alain Prost and Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen who both have 41. Since 2007, an award is given to the driver with the most fastest laps in a season.
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
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 92 fastest laps and Ángel Nieto is third with 81.
Top ten riders in Grand Prix motorcycle racing with most fastest laps
- As of 17 May 2015
|Bold||Rider still competing in Grand Prix motorcycle racing as of the 2015 season|
|1||23x15px Giacomo Agostini||117|
|2||23x15px Valentino Rossi||92|
|3||23x15px Ángel Nieto||81|
|4||23x15px Mike Hailwood||79|
|5||23x15px Dani Pedrosa||61|
|6||23x15px Michael Doohan||46|
|7||23x15px Max Biaggi||42|
|8||23x15px Marc Márquez||39|
|9||23x15px Phil Read||36|
|10||23x15px Jim Redman||35|
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