Lewis Hamilton won another award in this year’s Formula 1 World Championship as he drove most fastest laps in 20 races.

In the first five races, Hamilton had driven the fastest lap of the race three times and six times in the first ten races while in the second half of the season, in which he drove phenomenally and won the fourth title, he only took the fastest lap once.

The fastest lap is not a real indicator of the speed of the car in the race since 2010 where refueling was banned because the fastest laps were driven in the last laps since when cars are lightest. It means that a driver who changes his tyres late has big advantage so the fastest lap can be taken and someone who doesn’t have the fastest car.

Last season, the world champion Nico Rosberg (6 fastest laps) was rewarded, and Lewis Hamilton won the prize for in 2014 and 2015.

Interestingly, in the last six years the fastest lap award was taken by the world champion of that year (Hamilton, Rosberg, Hamilton, Hamilton, Vettel, Vettel). A series is interrupted by Webber who drove the most fastest laps in 2011 (7) when champion was his team mate Vettel.

WIN, POLE AND FASTEST LAP OVERVIEW

  Race Date Winner Team Pole position Fastest lap
01 Australia 26. 03. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Lewis Hamilton Kimi Raikkonen
02 China 09. 04. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton
03 Bahrain 16. 04. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Valtteri Bottas Lewis Hamilton
04 Russia 30. 04. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Sebastian Vettel Kimi Raikkonen
05 Spain 14. 05. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton
06 Monaco 28. 05. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen Sergio Perez
07 Canada 11. 06. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton
08 Europe 25. 06. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel
09 Austria 09. 07. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Valtteri Bottas Lewis Hamilton
10 Great Britain 16. 07. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton
11 Hungary 30. 07. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Sebastian Vettel Fernando Alonso
12  Belgium 27. 08. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel
13 Italy 03. 09. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Daniel Ricciardo
14 Singapore 17. 09. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton
15 Malaysia 01. 10. Max Verstappen Red Bull Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel
16 Japan 08. 10. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas
17 USA 22. 10. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel
18 Mexico 29. 10. Max Verstappen Red Bull Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel
19 Brazil 12. 11. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Valtteri Bottas Max Verstappen
20 Abu Dhabi 26. 11. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Valtteri Bottas Valtteri Bottas

MOST FASTEST LAPS PER SEASON SINCE 2000

Let’s have a look at the drivers who had the most fastest laps since the season of 2000 and also a list of world champions in those seasons to see how often the world champion has the most fastest laps in the season.

For the last six seasons, the world champion had the highest number of fastest laps, but this was not the case in the four seasons before (2008 – 2011).

Raikkonen became world champion in 2007 with the same number of fastest laps as his team mate Massa, while Alonso did not have the highest number of fastest laps in his winning years (2005 and 2006). That’s why he did in 2010 when he painfully lost the title fight in the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Michael Schumacher had four times in five years with the most fastest laps (2000-2004) but not in the year 2000, when McLaren and Ferrari were heading for an extremely tense fight for the championship.

That season, only two teams won races, won pole positions and set the fastest laps and the only driver who managed to lead the race by not driving the Ferrari or McLaren was Frentzen in Jordan who was in the lead on two races (a total of nine laps).

Driver Fastest laps/Number of races World champion
2017. Lewis Hamilton 7/20 Lewis Hamilton
2016. Nico Rosberg 6/21 Nico Rosberg
2015. Lewis Hamilton 8/19 Lewis Hamilton
2014. Lewis Hamilton 7/19 Lewis Hamilton
2013. Sebastian Vettel 7/19 Sebastian Vettel
2012. Sebastian Vettel 6/20 Sebastian Vettel
2011. Mark Webber 7/19 Sebastian Vettel
2010. Fernando Alonso 5/19 Sebastian Vettel
2009. Vettel/Webber 3/17 Jenson Button
2008. Kimi Raikkonen 10/18 Lewis Hamilton
2007. Massa/Raikkonen 6/17 Kimi Raikkonen
2006. Michael Schumacher 7/18 Fernando Alonso
2005. Kimi Raikkonen 10/19 Fernando Alonso
2004. Michael Schumacher 10/18 Michael Schumacher
2003. Michael Schumacher 5/16 Michael Schumacher
2002. Michael Schumacher 7/17 Michael Schumacher
2001. Michael Schumacher 5/17 Michael Schumacher
2000. Mika Hakkinen 9/17 Michael Schumacher
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