See the full list of lap records at every Formula 1 circuit, plus which driver and team has the most records, and the longest-standing record

In 2019, Formula 1 began awarding a bonus point to the who sets the fastest lap time during a Grand Prix. As the machines we race in have grown to become faster and faster, the lap records have got quicker and quicker.

You will often see that as a driver sets the fastest time, that they have also broken the lap record at that circuit. As the regulations change in 2021, it’s not clear whether these lap records will be broken soon, or remain for some time.

There are some anomalies, where lap records by the likes of Michael Schumacher have not been broken for decades.

This article will provide a full list of Formula 1 lap records at every circuit it has raced at between 2019 and 2021.

Lap records at Formula 1 circuits

Full list of Formula 1 lap records

Grand PrixCircuitLap timeDriverTeamDate
Bahrain Grand PrixBahrain International Circuit, Sakhir1:31.447         Pedro de la RosaMcLaren3 April 2005
Emilia Romagna Grand PrixAutodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola1:15.484Lewis HamiltonMercedes1 November 2020
Portuguese Grand PrixAutódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimao1:18.750Lewis HamiltonMercedes25 October 2020
Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya1:18.149Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing9 May 2021
Monaco Grand PrixCircuit de Monte Carlo1:12.909Lewis HamiltonMercedes23 May 2021
Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku City Circuit1:43.009Charles LeclercFerrari28 April 2019
French Grand PrixCircuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet1:32.740Sebastian VettelFerrari23 June 2019
Austrian (& Styrian) Grands PrixRed Bull Ring1:05.619Carlos SainzMcLaren12 July 2020
British Grand PrixSilverstone Circuit1:27.097Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing2 August 2020
Hungarian Grand PrixHungaroring, Budapest1:16.627Lewis HamiltonMercedes19 July 2020
Belgian Grand PrixCircuit Spa-Francorchamps1:46.286Valtteri BottasMercedes26 August 2018
Dutch Grand PrixCircuit Zandvoort1:11.097Lewis HamiltonMercedes5 September 2021
Italian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale Monza1:21.046Rubens BarichelloFerrari12 September 2004
Russian Grand PrixSochi Autodrom1:35.761Lewis HamiltonMercedes29 September 2019
Turkish Grand PrixIstanbul Park Circuit1:24.770Juan Pablo MontoyaMcLaren21 August 2005
Japanese Grand PrixSuzuka1:30.983Lewis HamiltonMercedes13 October 2019
United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas, Austin1:36.169Charles LeclercFerrari3 November 2019
Mexican Grand PrixAutódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City1:18.741Valtteri BottasMercedes28 October 2018
Brazilian Grand PrixAutódromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagos1:10.540         Valtteri BottasMercedes11 November 2018
Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddah Street Circuitn/an/an/an/a
Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas Marina Circuit1:39.283         Lewis HamiltonMercedes1 December 2019
Singapore Grand PrixMarina Bay Street Circuit1:41.905         Kevin MagnussenHaas16 September 2018
Chinese Grand PrixShanghai International Circuit1:32.238         Michael SchumacherFerrari26 September 2004
Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles Villeneuve1:13.078Valtteri BottasMercedes9 June 2019
Australian Grand PrixAlbert Park Circuit1:24.125         Michael SchumacherFerrari7 March 2004

Driver with the most lap records

Lewis Hamilton – 8 lap records

The Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton currently holds the record for the most lap records. He has been the fastest driver to ever race a lap in Imola, Portimao, Monaco, Hungary, Zandvoort, Sochi, Suzuka and Yas Marina. The majority of his record-setting laps occurred during his title-winning 2019 season.

Lewis Hamilton sets the lap record at the Yas Marina Circuit
Lewis Hamilton sets the lap record at the Yas Marina Circuit.
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Team with the most lap records

Mercedes – 12 records

It may not be too difficult to believe, but Mercedes are the team with the most lap records in Formula 1. Valtteri Bottas’ four records at Montreal, Interlagos, Mexico City and Spa bulk the team’s total to 12.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton share 12 lap records at Mercedes
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Longest-standing lap record

Michael Schumacher at Albert Park Circuit, 7 March 2004

The incredible Ferrari F2004 is responsible for setting three lap records on this list that still stand almost two decades later. Rubens Barrichello’s 1:21.046 at Monza remains the highest average speed during a lap at 257.321km/h. Michael Schumacher set the lap records at Australia and Shanghai in that season, with the prior race the first of the year.

In 2005, McLaren’s MP4-20 found incredible speed. Juan Pablo Montoya’s 1:24.770 withstood the test of time, but it’s not known whether modern cars on a dry track would beat this time. Pedro de la Rosa, who raced once with McLaren in 2005, set the fastest time in Bahrain, which still stands to this day.

Michael Schumacher driving a Formula 1 car
Michael Schumacher sets the lap record at Albert Park Circuit
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