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 Prix||Circuit||Lap time||Driver||Team||Date|
|Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir||1:31.447||Pedro de la Rosa||McLaren||3 April 2005|
|Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola||1:15.484||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1 November 2020|
|Portuguese Grand Prix||Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimao||1:18.750||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||25 October 2020|
|Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||1:18.149||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||9 May 2021|
|Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monte Carlo||1:12.909||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||23 May 2021|
|Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||1:43.009||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||28 April 2019|
|French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet||1:32.740||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||23 June 2019|
|Austrian (& Styrian) Grands Prix||Red Bull Ring||1:05.619||Carlos Sainz||McLaren||12 July 2020|
|British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||1:27.097||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||2 August 2020|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring, Budapest||1:16.627||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||19 July 2020|
|Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit Spa-Francorchamps||1:46.286||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||26 August 2018|
|Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort||1:11.097||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||5 September 2021|
|Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||1:21.046||Rubens Barichello||Ferrari||12 September 2004|
|Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom||1:35.761||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||29 September 2019|
|Turkish Grand Prix||Istanbul Park Circuit||1:24.770||Juan Pablo Montoya||McLaren||21 August 2005|
|Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka||1:30.983||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||13 October 2019|
|United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin||1:36.169||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||3 November 2019|
|Mexican Grand Prix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City||1:18.741||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||28 October 2018|
|Brazilian Grand Prix||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagos||1:10.540||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||11 November 2018|
|Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah Street Circuit||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit||1:39.283||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1 December 2019|
|Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit||1:41.905||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||16 September 2018|
|Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit||1:32.238||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||26 September 2004|
|Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||1:13.078||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||9 June 2019|
|Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Circuit||1:24.125||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||7 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.
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.
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.