Five most fastest laps by F1 drivers who are currently on the grid
Only 129 Drivers have managed to set the fastest lap in the 68 years of Formula 1. Michael Schumacher holds the record for the fastest laps in F1 History with a total of 77, but astonishingly three of the drivers in the top five of that list are still racing. Here are the five drivers on the current grid with the most fastest laps.
5. Daniel Ricciardo
From getting signed to the Red Bull Junior Team to making his F1 debut with HRT racing, Daniel Ricciardo has come a long way and he has got the most fastest laps on the grid for a non-world champion driver. 2014 was the year that he really made his mark on the sport; along with getting his first three victories he also managed to make things uncomfortable for his four-time world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel as he was the only non-Mercedes driver to win that season. The 'Honey Badger' from Australia has set 13 fastest laps.
4. Fernando Alonso
The man who ended the legendary Michael Schumacher's reign, Fernando Alonso is widely regarded as the best driver on natural pace on the grid. Having debuted with Minardi in 2001 and then getting signed as test driver for Renault which resulted in a race seat in 2003, he went on to break multiple records with the team. Alonso became the then youngest pole sitter and race winner in the 2003 season, it was the same year he managed to get his first fastest lap at the Canadian Grand Prix. After the fastest lap he set at the Hungarian GP in 2017, Alonso has 23 fastest laps to his name.
3. Sebastian Vettel
The most dominant driver of the V8 era, German Sebastian Vettel went on to break multiple records straight from being the then-youngest winner in the sport's history on that rainy afternoon in Monza 10 years ago to being the youngest four-time world champion at a sunny afternoon in India five years ago. His first fastest lap came at the 2009 British Grand Prix and his most recent fastest lap came at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He has been key in Ferrari's return to winning ways and is certainly on the fight last year, with 36 fastest laps under his belt.
2. Lewis Hamilton
Speaking of dominance, Lewis Hamilton has won more than 52 per cent of the races that have happened since the introduction of V6 Turbo era in 2014. He has won four of the last five years' championships, and having come into Formula 1 as the McLaren rookie with a sensational debut season, he lost out to Kimi Raikkonen by a single point. That season also saw Hamilton score his first fastest lap at the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix. His most recent and 41st fastest lap came at the United States Grand Prix 2018.
1. Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen is arguably the fastest driver in the world. From setting his first fastest lap all the way back in the 2002 Australian Grand Prix to managing it in the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix, the Iceman defines the maxim that that age is just a number. He equaled Michael Schumacher's record for the highest number of fastest laps (10) in a single season in 2005 and repeated it in 2008 and is the only driver in Formula 1 history to manage 10 fastest laps in two different seasons. The Finn even holds the record for the fastest ever lap in Formula 1 history averaging out at 263.587 km/h. He has 46 fastest laps to his name.