All time Formula One records

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Formula One is about racing, about passion but most of all about results. While some races keep in the heads of several fans, there are achievements in every era of F1 that must not be forgotten. Several of these records are listed here. (until after Abu Dhabi 2010)

Driver records

The oldest winner
Luigi Fagioli was 53 years and 22 days old when he won the Grand Prix of France in 1951. He drove with an Alfo Romeo that he shared with Juan Manual Fangio.
The youngest winner
1. Sebastian Vettel was 21 years and 73 days when he won the Italian GP 2008 in an Toro Rosso STR03
2. Fernando Alonso, 22 years and 26 days when he won the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2003 with a comfortable 16.7 second advantage over runner-up Räikkönen. Alonso was hereby also the first Spaniard to win a Grand Prix.
3. Troy Ruttman, 22 years and 80 days, winning the American GP 1952.
The youngest driver on pole position
1. Sebastian Vettel was 21 years and 72 days when putting his Toro Rosso on pole for the Italian GP 2008.
2. Fernando Alonso at the age of 21 years, 7 months, 23 days. He put his Renault F1 on pole for the first time in his career at the Malaysian GP of 2003.
The oldest driver
Louis Chiron was 55 years, nine months and 19 days when he became sixth in Monaco '55. Three years later, when he was already 59 years, he was not able to qualify for that same GP.
The youngest driver
1. Jaime Alguersuari was 19 years, 4 months and 5 days at his debut in the 2009 Hungarian GP. He finished 15th after starting from 20th position due to a technical problem during qualifying on his Scuderia Toro Rosso STR4.
2. Mike Tackwel was 19 years, 5 months and 29 days when he started in the 1980 Canadian GP. He crashed in the race and was not able to start in the restart. He was never seen since in Formula One.
3. Ricardo Rodriguez was 19 years, 6 months and 27 days when debuting at the 1961 Italian GP.
4. Fernando Alonso was 19 years, 7 months and 3 days at his debut for Minardi in the 2001 Australian GP.
First female driver
Maria Theresa Filippis debuted in the GP of Belgium in '58 as the first woman driving in the Formula One championship.
4 Taylors
Dennis, Henry, Mike and Trevor Taylor came out at the same time for the Grand Prix of Engeland in 1959, and were not related to each other.
The only WC with his own car
Jack Brabham won in 1966 the title as the only driver with a car that had the same name as the driver himself.
Biggest gap between winner and second
Jackie Stewart won the Spanish Grand Prix in 1969 with a lead of two laps over Bruce McLaren, in second.
Most lead positions
Jackie Stewart led every race at some point during the 1969 season and went on to win six of the eleven races.
Closest win
At the Italian Grand Prix in 1971, there was only a difference of 0.01 seconds between winner Peter Gethin (BRM) and runner-up Ronnie Peterson (March-Ford).
Fastest Grand Prix
Peter Gethin won the Italian Grand Prix in 1971 with an average speed of 242.616 km/h.
Fastest lap ever in F1 (latest records set, not top of fastest laps)
1. Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya lapped Monza in 2004 with his Williams FW27 at an average speed of 262.242 km/h in pre-qualifying.
2. Juan Pablo Montoya got pole with his Williams FW25 at Monza September 15, 2002, with an average speed of 259.844682 km/h.
The very first with startnumber 0
Jody Schekter drove the Grand Prix of America and France in 1973 with the number 0 on his McLaren.
Only woman to score points
Lella Lombardi finished 6th in the Spanish Grand Prix 1975 and took half a championship point. The points were halved because the race was stopped after 29 laps.
Youngest driver to score a championship point
Sebastian Vettel was 19 years, 11 months and 14 days when he grabbed one point. He finished 8th at the Grand Prix of USA in 2007 when replacing the injured Robert Kubica.
Youngest driver to set fastest lap
Nico Rosberg at the age of 20 years, 258 days during the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix in a Williams.
First turbo win
The Grand Prix of France in 1979 was won by Jean-Pierre Jabouille in his Renault RS10.
Win from worst position
John Watson drove from the 22nd position to the first in 1983 at the United States Grand Prix West, Long Beach.
Oldest world champion
Juan Manuel Fangio became world champion for the fifth time in 1957 at the age of 47.
Youngest world champion
1. Sebastian Vettel, 23 years, 133 days with Red Bull Racing at Abu Dhabi GP of 2010
2. Lewis Hamilton, 23 years 301 days with McLaren at the Brazilian GP of 2008
3. Fernando Alonso, 24 years 58 days with Renault F1 at the Brazilian GP 2005
4. Fernando Alonso as he won his second drivers' championship at the Brazilian GP of 2006
5. Emmerson Fittipaldi was 25 years 273 days when he became WC in 1972.
Most race wins in a driver's career
Michael Schumacher had a total of 91 race wins in his Formula One career.
Most points during one season
Lewis Hamilton scored 384 points during the 2014 season
Most fastest laps during one season
1. Michael Schumacher set 10 fastest laps during 2004 with his Ferrari F248 (out of 18 races)
2. Kimi Räikkönen set 10 fastest laps in 2008 in a Ferrari F2008 (out of 18 races)
3. Kimi Räikkönen posted 10 times the fastest lap in 2005 in a McLaren MP4-20 (out of 19 races)
Most pole positions in one season
1. Sebastian Vettel was 15 times on pole in 2011 (out of 19 races)
2. Nigel Mansell with 14 pole positions in 1992 (out of 16 races)
Most consecutive pole positions from a driver
Alain Prost got 7 poles after each other during 1993
Most pole positions from one driver
1. Michael Schumacher gathered 68 pole positions in 249 GP start between 1991 and 2006. A successrate of 27.3%
2. Ayrton Senna drove together 65 poles during 161 GP starts between 1984 and 1994, therefore being on pole in 40.37% of his races.
Most season wins
Michael Schumacher won 13 out of 18 GPs in 2004 which is little more than 72% of the races.
Alberto Ascari on the other hand won 6 out of 7 Grand Prix' in 1952 and as such holds the records by winning 86% of the races.
Most consecutive race wins
Alberto Ascari won the last 6 races of 1952 and the first 3 of 1953. He became champion in both years.
The only driver than won his first GP
Giancarlo Baghetti (Ferrari 156), French GP 1961
Most World Driver Championship wins by one driver
Michael Schumacher won the F1 drivers championship 7 times: 1994-1995, 2000-2004.
Most consecutive drivers' championships
1. Michael Schumacher won the championship 5 times in a row starting in 2000 and finishing in 2004. All of these were won in a Ferrari. 2. Sebastian Vettel became World Champion 4 times in a row between 2010 and 2013, all with Red Bull Racing.
Most consecutive race finishes for a rookie
Tiago Monteiro finished the first 16 races of 2005 as a rookie. The Toyota engine in his Jordan EJ15B suffered an engine failure in the 17th at the Brazilian GP, 2005.

Constructor records

Last win with front-engine car
Phil Hill won the Grand Prix of Italy in 1960. He was the last winner driving a Ferrari 256 with the engine in the front.
The first All Wheel Drive formula one car
John Fairman's 4 WD Ferguson P99 in 1961 during the Grand Prix of Great Britain. The car was 'borrowed' later in the race by Sterling Moss when his Lotus broke down. The car though was eventually disqualified due to pushing.
Last car with the engine in front
The Ferguson P99 at the Grand Prix of Great Britain in 1961.
Most F1 Constructors Championships for a team
Ferrari has won 14 championships in its history
Most victories from one team
Mercedes AMG F1 won 16 of 19 races (84%) in 2014 with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
McLaren won 15 of 16 races (94%) in 1988. The drivers were Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost
Most wins of a team on a circuit
Ferrari have won the Italian GP at Monza 14 times
Most pole positions per season
1. Mercedes AMG F1 got 18 out of 19 possible pole positions in 2014
2. Williams F1 (1992 & 1993) and McLaren (1988 & 1999) managed to get 15 poles in a season
Most consecutive pole positions
Williams F1 got 24 poles one after another in the seasons 1992 and 1993

Race records

The biggest startfield
At the Gand Prix of Germany in 1953, there were 34 cars starting the race.
The longest race
The Grand Prix of Germany 1954 lasted 3.46 hours.
Smallest startfield
There were only six cars on the grid in the GP of the USA 2005. Only Bridgestone shod cars were racing as Michelin demanded their teams to withdraw since the tyres were deemed unsafe.
Lowest number of retirements
The Grand Prix of The Netherlands in 1961 had not a single retirement and further still, nobody even came in for a pitstop.
Most leader changes during a race
At the Grand Prix of Italy in 1965, the leading position changed 41 times to another driver.
Shortest GP ever (in number of laps)
The Grand Prix of Germany on the Nürburgring in 1971 only contained 12 laps. Each lap was however 22835m and took more than 7 minutes to complete.
Shortest GP ever (in distance)
The Australian GP of 1991 was stopped after 14 from the planned 81 laps because of torrential rain. As each lap was 3.7 km, the race totalled 51.8 km
Fastest Grand Prix
Peter Gethin won the Grand Prix of 1971 with an average speed of 242,616 km/h.
First restart
The Grand Prix of Great Brittain 1973 was stopped after the first lap because of a serial accident.
Most nationalities
There were 19 different nationalities participating at the 1974 season.
Most GP's in one country
America hosted in 1982 three GP's: Long Beach, Detroit and Las Vegas.
Most different teams in one season
18 teams started in the GP of Monaco and the GP of Canada in 1989