F1 Driver Records

From the most championship titles to most podiums, race starts and points, F1 drivers are wired to make and brake records within the sport.

Since records began in 1950, over 32 drivers have been crowned World Champion. Sporting legends Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Juan Manuel Fangio, and Michael Schumacher have 23 titles between them and have all broken unbelievable career records to stand head and shoulders above their peers.

F1 Races Entered and Started

Total Entries

EntriesDriver
387Fernando Alonso
352Kimi Räikkönen
339Lewis Hamilton
326Rubens Barrichello
308Michael Schumacher
308Jenson Button
300Sebastian Vettel
271Felipe Massa
266Sergio Pérez
257Riccardo Patrese
256Jarno Trulli
247David Coulthard
246Daniel Ricciardo
231Giancarlo Fisichella
230Valtteri Bottas
217Mark Webber
215Michele Alboreto
214Andrea de Cesaris
213Nico Hülkenberg
210Gerhard Berger
207Nelson Piquet
206Nico Rosberg
202Jean Alesi
202Alain Prost
192Max Verstappen
191Nigel Mansell
191Carlos Sainz
185Nick Heidfeld
181Romain Grosjean
180Jacques Laffite
180Ralf Schumacher
179Graham Hill
177Niki Lauda
171Kevin Magnussen
165Jacques Villeneuve
165Martin Brundle
165Mika Hakkinen
165Johnny Herbert
164Rene Arnoux
164Thierry Boutsen
162Ayrton Senna
161Derek Warwick
159Heinz-Harald Frentzen
158Olivier Panis
154John Watson
151Lance Stroll
149Emerson Fittipaldi
147Eddie Irvine
146Carlos Reutemann
143Eddie Cheever
142Jean-Pierre Jarier
140Esteban Ocon
139Clay Regazzoni
137Pierre Gasly
132Charles Leclerc
131Mario Andretti
129Jack Brabham
128Adrian Sutil
127Keke Rosberg
124Pierluigi Martini
123Patrick Tambay
123Ronnie Peterson
122Damon Hill
122Jacky Ickx
117Alan Jones
116Philippe Alliot
113John Surtees
113Jochen Mass
113Jody Scheckter
112Daniil Kvyat
112Denny Hulme
112Heikki Kovalainen
111Piercarlo Ghinzani
111Mika Salo
111Lando Norris
111George Russell
109Jo Bonnier
109Elio de Angelis
108Chris Amon
107Pedro de la Rosa
107Jos Verstappen
104Bruce McLaren
103Stefan Johansson
100Jackie Stewart
100Jo Siffert

F1 Driver’s Championships

Total Championships

TitlesDriverSeasons
7Lewis Hamilton2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Michael Schumacher1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
5Juan Manuel Fangio1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
4Sebastian Vettel2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Alain Prost1985, 1986, 1989, 1993
3Max Verstappen2021, 2022, 2023
Ayrton Senna1988, 1990, 1991
Nelson Piquet1981, 1983, 1987
Niki Lauda1975, 1977, 1984
Jackie Stewart1969, 1971, 1973
Jack Brabham1959, 1960, 1966
2Fernando Alonso2005, 2006
Mika Hakkinen1998, 1999
Emerson Fittipaldi1972, 1974
Graham Hill1962, 1968
Jim Clark1963, 1965
Alberto Ascari1952, 1953
1Nico Rosberg2016
Jenson Button2009
Kimi Räikkönen2007
Jacques Villeneuve1997
Damon Hill1996
Nigel Mansell1992
Keke Rosberg1982
Alan Jones1980
Jody Scheckter1979
Mario Andretti1978
James Hunt1976
Jochen Rindt1970
Denny Hulme1967
John Surtees1964
Phil Hill1961
Mike Hawthorn1958
Giuseppe Farina1950

Most Consecutive Championships

SeasonsDriverSeasons
5Michael Schumacher2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
4Juan Manuel Fangio1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
Sebastian Vettel2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Lewis Hamilton2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
3Max Verstappen2021, 2022, 2023
2Alberto Ascari1952, 1953
Jack Brabham1959, 1960
Alain Prost1985, 1986
Ayrton Senna1990, 1991
Michael Schumacher1994, 1995
Mika Hakkinen1998, 1999
Fernando Alonso2005, 2006
Lewis Hamilton2014, 2015
Max Verstappen2021, 2022

Formula 1 Wins

Total Wins

Race WinsDriver
103Lewis Hamilton
91Michael Schumacher
59Max Verstappen
53Sebastian Vettel
51Alain Prost
41Ayrton Senna
32Fernando Alonso
31Nigel Mansell
27Jackie Stewart
25Jim Clark
25Niki Lauda
24Juan Manuel Fangio
23Nelson Piquet
23Nico Rosberg
22Damon Hill
21Kimi Räikkönen
20Mika Hakkinen
16Stirling Moss
15Jenson Button
14Jack Brabham
14Graham Hill
14Emerson Fittipaldi
13Alberto Ascari
13David Coulthard
12Mario Andretti
12Carlos Reutemann
12Alan Jones
11Rubens Barrichello
11Jacques Villeneuve
11Felipe Massa
10Ronnie Peterson
10Jody Scheckter
10James Hunt
10Gerhard Berger
10Valtteri Bottas
9Mark Webber
8Denny Hulme
8Jacky Ickx
8Daniel Ricciardo
7Rene Arnoux
7Juan Pablo Montoya
6Tony Brooks
6John Surtees
6Jochen Rindt
6Jacques Laffite
6Riccardo Patrese
6Gilles Villeneuve
6Ralf Schumacher
6Sergio Pérez
5Giuseppe Farina
5Clay Regazzoni
5John Watson
5Keke Rosberg
5Michele Alboreto
5Charles Leclerc
4Bruce McLaren
4Dan Gurney
4Eddie Irvine
3Peter Collins
3Mike Hawthorn
3Phil Hill
3Didier Pironi
3Thierry Boutsen
3Johnny Herbert
3Heinz-Harald Frentzen
3Giancarlo Fisichella
2Jose Froilan Gonzalez
2Maurice Trintignant
2Bill Vukovich
2Wolfgang von Trips
2Jo Siffert
2Pedro Rodriguez
2Peter Revson
2Patrick Depailler
2Jean-Pierre Jabouille
2Patrick Tambay
2Elio de Angelis
2Carlos Sainz
1Luigi Fagioli
1Troy Ruttman
1Johnnie Parsons
1Sam Hanks
1Jim Rathmann
1Pat Flaherty
1Lee Wallard
1Piero Taruffi
1Rodger Ward
1Bob Sweikert
1Jimmy Bryan
1Luigi Musso
1Jo Bonnier
1Innes Ireland
1Richie Ginther
1Lorenzo Bandini
1Giancarlo Baghetti
1Ludovico Scarfiotti
1Jean-Pierre Beltoise
1Francois Cevert
1Peter Gethin
1Carlos Pace
1Jochen Mass
1Vittorio Brambilla
1Gunnar Nilsson
1Alessandro Nannini
1Jean Alesi
1Olivier Panis
1Jarno Trulli
1Robert Kubica
1Heikki Kovalainen
1Pastor Maldonado
1Esteban Ocon
1Pierre Gasly
1George Russell
1Lando Norris

Most Wins In A Season

WinsDriverSeasonRacesPercentage
19Max Verstappen20232286.36
15Max Verstappen20222268.18
13Michael Schumacher20041872.22
Sebastian Vettel20131968.42
11Michael Schumacher20021764.71
Sebastian Vettel20111957.89
Lewis Hamilton20141957.89
20182152.38
20192152.38
20201764.71

Most Consecutive Wins

WinsDriverSeason(s)Consecutive races won
10Max Verstappen*2023Miami, Monaco, Spanish, Canadian, Austrian, British,
Hungarian, Belgian, Dutch, Italian
9Sebastian Vettel2013Belgian, Italian, Singapore, Korean, Japanese,
Indian, Abu Dhabi, United States, Brazilian
7Alberto Ascari1952–19531952 Belgian, French, British, German, Dutch, Italian
1953 Argentine
Michael Schumacher2004European, Canadian, United States, French,
British, German, Hungarian
Nico Rosberg2015–20162015 Mexican, Brazilian, Abu Dhabi
2016 Australian, Bahrain, Chinese, Russian
6Michael Schumacher2000–20012000 Italian, United States, Japanese, Malaysian
2001 Australian, Malaysian
5Jack Brabham1960Dutch, Belgian, French, British, Portuguese
Jim Clark1965Belgian, French, British, Dutch, German
Nigel Mansell1992South African, Mexican, Brazilian, Spanish, San Marino
Michael Schumacher2004Australian, Malaysian, Bahrain, San Marino, Spanish
Lewis Hamilton*2014Italian, Singapore, Japanese, Russian, United States
2020Eifel, Portuguese, Emilia Romagna, Turkish, Bahrain
Max Verstappen*2022French, Hungarian, Belgian, Dutch, Italian

F1 Pole Positions

Total Pole Positions

PolesDriver
104Lewis Hamilton
68Michael Schumacher
65Ayrton Senna
57Sebastian Vettel
39Max Verstappen
34Jim Clark
33Alain Prost
32Nigel Mansell
30Nico Rosberg
29Juan Manuel Fangio
26Mika Hakkinen
24Niki Lauda
24Nelson Piquet
23Charles Leclerc
22Fernando Alonso
20Damon Hill
20Valtteri Bottas
18Mario Andretti
18Rene Arnoux
18Kimi Räikkönen
17Jackie Stewart
16Stirling Moss
16Felipe Massa
14Ronnie Peterson
14James Hunt
14Rubens Barrichello
13Alberto Ascari
13Jack Brabham
13Graham Hill
13Jacky Ickx
13Jacques Villeneuve
13Juan Pablo Montoya
13Mark Webber
12Gerhard Berger
12David Coulthard
10Jochen Rindt
8John Surtees
8Riccardo Patrese
8Jenson Button
7Jacques Laffite
6Phil Hill
6Emerson Fittipaldi
6Carlos Reutemann
6Jean-Pierre Jabouille
6Alan Jones
6Ralf Schumacher
5Giuseppe Farina
5Mike Hawthorn
5Chris Amon
5Clay Regazzoni
5Patrick Tambay
5Keke Rosberg
5Carlos Sainz
4Tony Brooks
4Didier Pironi
4Giancarlo Fisichella
4Jarno Trulli
3Jose Froilan Gonzalez
3Dan Gurney
3Jean-Pierre Jarier
3Jody Scheckter
3Elio de Angelis
3Teo Fabi
3Sergio Pérez
3Daniel Ricciardo
2Bill Vukovich
2Eugenio Castellotti
2Stuart Lewis-Evans
2Jo Siffert
2John Watson
2Gilles Villeneuve
2Michele Alboreto
2Jean Alesi
2Heinz-Harald Frentzen
2George Russell
1Pat Flaherty
1Dick Rathmann
1Freddie Agabashian
1Walt Faulkner
1Rodger Ward
1Duke Nalon
1Bob Sweikert
1Peter Collins
1Wolfgang von Trips
1Jo Bonnier
1Eddie Sachs
1Mike Parkes
1Lorenzo Bandini
1Mike Spence
1Peter Revson
1Denny Hulme
1Carlos Pace
1Patrick Depailler
1Vittorio Brambilla
1Tom Pryce
1Bruno Giacomelli
1Andrea de Cesaris
1Thierry Boutsen
1Pat O'Connor
1Nick Heidfeld
1Robert Kubica
1Heikki Kovalainen
1Nico Hülkenberg
1Pastor Maldonado
1Lance Stroll
1Lando Norris

Most Consecutive Pole Positions

PolesDriverRaces
8Ayrton Senna1988 Spanish – 1989 United States
Max Verstappen2023 Abu Dhabi – 2024 Emilia Romagna
7Ayrton Senna1990 Spanish – 1991 Monaco
Alain Prost1993 South African – 1993 Canadian
Michael Schumacher2000 Italian – 2001 Brazilian
Lewis Hamilton*2015 Monaco – 2015 Italian
6Niki Lauda1974 Dutch – 1974 Italian
Ayrton Senna1988 Brazilian – 1988 Detroit
1989 Belgian – 1989 Australian
Nigel Mansell1992 South African – 1992 Monaco
Mika Hakkinen1999 British – 1999 Italian
Nico Rosberg2015 Japanese – 2015 Abu Dhabi
Lewis Hamilton*2016 United States – 2017 Chinese

Most pole positions at the same Grand Prix

PolesDriverGrand PrixSeasons
9Lewis Hamilton*Hungarian Grand Prix2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2023
8Ayrton SennaSan Marino Grand Prix1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994
Michael SchumacherJapanese Grand Prix1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
Lewis Hamilton*Australian Grand Prix2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
7Michael SchumacherSpanish Grand Prix1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Hungarian Grand Prix1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005
Lewis Hamilton*British Grand Prix2007, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Italian Grand Prix2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020
6Ayrton SennaAustralian Grand Prix1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993
Brazilian Grand Prix1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994
Michael SchumacherCanadian Grand Prix1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
Lewis Hamilton*Chinese Grand Prix2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
Canadian Grand Prix2007, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017
Belgian Grand Prix2008, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020
Spanish Grand Prix2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021

The History of Formula 1 Driver Records

The first ‘official’ Formula 1 world championship race was on May 13, 1950, at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK, a track formerly used as a Royal Air Force station during World War II. Since that first season in 1950, fans have witnessed records they thought could never be broken repeatedly smashed. It’s not surprising either, as drivers, who are athletes in their own right, continue to push the sport and what is achievable every year. Cars get progressively faster, requiring another level and approach to fitness and nutrition.

The 1950s and 1960s

The inaugural Formula 1 World Championship season in 1950 was the birth of a new era in motorsport. The early years saw the emergence of iconic drivers, and while records were beginning to take shape, several notable figures made their mark.

Who was the first F1 Champion?

The first season featured seven races, culminating in Alfa Romeo’s Giuseppe ‘Nino’ Farina claiming the first Drivers’ World Championship, narrowly beating his teammates Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli.

The following season, Farina’s teammate Juan Manuel Fangio went on to win his first Driver’s championship in 1951. Fangio didn’t stop there; he won no less than five titles over his career, with four more on the trot in 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1957. To date, he remains one of only three drivers to have won five or more titles; only Lewis Hamilton and Micahel Schumacher have won more, with seven each.

Farino’s fellow Italian, Alberto Ascari, won his first championship in 1952, splitting Farino and Fangio. Mike Hawthorn for Ferrari rounded out the 1950s, winning the title in 1958, and Jack Brabham for Cooper in 1959.

British driver Sir Stirling Moss also featured heavily during this period of F1 history, and he is often considered one of the greatest drivers to have never won a World Championship. A hugely successful driver, Moss started 66 races, took 16 wins, and appeared on the podium 24 times. He drove for legendary teams such as Vanwall, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Team Lotus and Cooper.

The 1970s and 1980s

Often referred to as the “Golden Era” of Formula 1, this is when F1 really started to make strides in technological advancements from teams understanding aerodynamics and pushing the boundaries of engine development.

In the mid-1970s, the sport saw legends like Niki Lauda, known for his tactical mind, clinch his first World Championship in 1975, while Lauda’s fierce rivalry with British driver James Hunt kept F1’s global appeal growing.

But this era was marred by tragic events. In 1976, at the Nürburgring circuit for the German Grand Prix, Niki Lauda’s car veered off track, crashing into an embankment and erupting into an inferno. The aftermath left Lauda severely scarred, losing part of his ear and eyelids and affecting his lungs. However, his determination to race was nothing short of remarkable. Missing just two races, Lauda made his comeback to F1, giving fans a climatic end to the season at the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix, where James Hunt narrowly edged out Lauda to take his one and only Drivers’ Championship.

Other notable records of the 1970s include Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve, who held the record for the most pole positions at the time (6) in a single season in 1979. Sadly he would lose his life in a 140 mph (230 km/h) collision with Jochen Mass during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.

As F1 progressed into the 1980s, another talent emerged in, “The Professor” Alain Prost. Prost would become a four-time world champion during his career that ended in 1993, and it was clear from early on that he was one of the most technically gifted drivers in F1 history. In 1983, he held the record that season and at that time for the most consecutive podium finishes, with 15.

The 1980s and early 1990s

Prost remained a heavyweight in F1 during the 1980s and early 1990s, a time dominated by his rivalry with another multiple-world champion, Ayrton Senna. With McLaren, Senna won titles in 1988, 1990, and 1991.

With two distinct driving styles; Prost’s fluid and technical drivers vs. Senna’s natural raw talent and pace, their rivalry produced some of the most memorable races in the sports history, as well as some of the most controversial.

Ayrton Senna was renowned for his qualifying pace, and he held the record for the most consecutive pole positions in the 1988 season, with eight on the trot. In contrast, Alain Prost’s consistency saw him hold the record for the most race victories (51) on retiring from F1 in 1993. It wasn’t until 2002 that Micahel Schumacher broke this record at the 2002 Belgian Grand Prix, where Schumacher won his 52nd Grand Prix. Prost ended his career with four titles, solidifying his legacy as one of F1’s all-time greats.

British drivers like Nigel Mansell, who won the championship in 1992, and later Damon Hill in 1996 also peppered this era with titles for Williams Racing, another successful team of the time.

The late 1990s and 2000s

McLaren saw a resurgence in the late 1990s, taking two tiles in 1998 and 1999 with Mika Häkkinen in an intense battle for the championship with Ferrari. Ferrari, at the time, was rebuilding under the new leadership of Jean Todt and driver Michael Schumacher.

At the start of the 2000s, Michael Schumacher stands head and shoulders above them all. After a breathtaking career with Scuderia Ferrari that saw him add five more titles to his career of two and totalling seven world titles, Schumacher took a bow in 2006. His legacy cemented him as possibly the greatest driver Formula 1 had ever witnessed. However, his passion for racing led Schumacher to return to the sport in 2010 with Team Mercedes. This three-year stint, however, couldn’t replicate his earlier monumental successes.

In the space between the era of Schumacher and the upcoming champions, an underdog story unfolded that captured the hearts of many. Brawn GP, a team rising from the ashes of Honda Racing F1 in 2009, took F1 by storm, securing the Constructors’ Championship. With Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello driving the team’s cars, Button clinched the 2009 Drivers’ World Championship. However, this meteoric rise was short-lived, as the team underwent a sale and reemerged as Mercedes GP the following year.

The 2010s to Present

Soon after, from 2010 to 2013, a young talent named Sebastian Vettel burst onto the scene. Driving for Red Bull Racing, he secured four consecutive Drivers’ Championships. His successes and German heritage led many in the F1 community to christen him the ‘next Schumacher’. Yet, the late 2000s and early 2010s were not solely the Vettel show. Several racers carved their niche during this period.

Lewis Hamilton, synonymous with brilliance in Formula 1, began his journey to greatness by becoming the youngest Drivers’ World Champion in 2008 at just 23. And he didn’t stop there. Over six years, from 2014 to 2020, Hamilton went on a title-winning spree, clinching six more championships. His relentless drive and talent have spurred conversations around whether he might surpass his Michael Schumacher record-equalling seven titles to solidify his position as potentially the most decorated driver in Formula 1 history.

Lewis Hamilton’s remarkable career has rewritten several record categories. He holds records for the most race victories, most podium finishes, most pole positions, consecutive points finishes, and wins at different circuits.

The 21st century also saw the rise of Max Verstappen, arguably one of Hamilton’s greatest rivals, who set the record for the youngest race winner; he was 18 years and 228 days old when he won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.