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Pole Position is a term used to describe the position which lies at the front of the starting grid. This gives the driver in pole the advantage of starting ahead of all the other drivers. This advantage is such that, in all races in Formula One history, more than 40% of race wins have come from pole.[1]

Throughout the history of F1, pole position has been determined by one or more qualifying sessions, the fastest driver (either in a single session or as an aggregate) of which starts on pole.

Since 1950, only five drivers have achieved pole position on their F1 debut. Two of these, Giuseppe Farina and Walt Faulkner were in Formula One's inaugural season (1950). The other three, Duke Nalon, Carlos Reutemann and Jacques Villeneuve were set in 1951, 1972 and 1996 respectively.

As from 2014, the driver who scores the most Pole Positions in a season will win the Pole Position Trophy.

RecordsEdit

The current record holder for Most Pole Positions is Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel holds the records for most poles in a season and youngest pole sitter. The following tables show the top six in each category. (Bold names indicate currently active drivers.)

Most PolesEdit

OverallEdit

RankDriverNumber of Poles
1United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton69
2Germany Michael Schumacher68
3Brazil Ayrton Senna65
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel49
5 France Alain Prost33
United Kingdom Jim Clark
7 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell32
8 Germany Nico Rosberg30
9 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio29
10 Finland Mika Häkkinen26

In Same SeasonEdit

RankDriverNumber of PolesSeason
1Germany Sebastian Vettel152011
2United Kingdom Nigel Mansell141992
3 France Alain Prost131993
Brazil Ayrton Senna 1988
1989
6United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton122016
7 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton112015
Germany Michael Schumacher2001
Finland Mika Häkkinen1999
Germany Nico Rosberg2014

Pole positions by ageEdit

Youngest (first pole only)
Rank Driver Age Race
1Germany Sebastian Vettel21y 72d2008 Italian Grand Prix
2Spain Fernando Alonso21y 236d2003 Malaysian Grand Prix
3Brazil Rubens Barrichello22y 97d1994 Belgian Grand Prix
4United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton22y 153d2007 Canadian Grand Prix
5Italy Andrea de Cesaris22y 308d1982 United States West Grand Prix
6Germany Nico Hülkenberg23y 79d2010 Brazilian Grand Prix
Oldest (last pole only)
Rank Driver Age Race
1Italy Nino Farina47y 79d1954 Argentine Grand Prix
2Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio46y 209d1958 Argentine Grand Prix
3Australia Jack Brabham44y 17d1970 Spanish Grand Prix
4United States Mario Andretti42y 196d1982 Italian Grand Prix
5United Kingdom Nigel Mansell41y 97d1994 Australian Grand Prix
6Argentina Carlos Reutemann39y 188d1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix

Most poles without a winEdit

Rank Driver Poles
1New Zealand Chris Amon5
2 France Jean-Pierre Jarier3
Italy Eugenio Castellotti
4 Italy Teo Fabi2
United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans
6 Italy Luigi Villoresi1
United Kingdom Mike Spence
Germany Nico Hülkenberg
United States Johnny Thomson
United States Jerry Hoyt

Most consecutive pole positionsEdit

Driver Poles Season(s)
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 8 19881989
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 7 19901991
France Alain Prost 1993
Germany Michael Schumacher 20002001
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2015
6 Austria Niki Lauda 6 1974
Brazil Ayrton Senna 1988
1989
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1992
Finland Mika Häkkinen 1999
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 20162017

Conversion rateEdit

This table shows rates of conversion from pole to win

Rank Driver Poles Wins from Pole Conversion rate
1 United States Bill Vukovich11100%
United States Pat Flaherty
Sweden Jo Bonnier
Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
6 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi6466.67%
United Kingdom Tony Brooks32
South Africa Jody Scheckter
9 Italy Alberto Ascari14964.29%
10 Spain Fernando Alonso221463.64%
11 United Kingdom Jenson Button8562.5%
12 Germany Michael Schumacher684058.82%
13 France Alain Prost331854.55%
14 Brazil Felipe Massa16850%

NotesEdit

  1. 351 wins from pole out of 874 Formula One Grands Prix in total, as of the 2012 Korean Grand Prix
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