F1 fastest lap: Which drivers have won the most fastest lap points in F1 2023?
Reintroduced in 2019, F1 drivers that finish in the top 10 of a race can earn an extra point by clinching the fastest lap of the Grand Prix.
This has helped bring added spice to the closing stages of Grand Prix, as teams try to take precious points off each other in the fight for the World Championship titles.
Max Verstappen recorded the most fastest laps during F1 2022 with his five to his name, and you can view the complete 2022 list right here. Keep scrolling for the 2023 results as the season unfolds…
Bahrain Grand Prix fastest lap
[Zhou Guanyu – 1:33.996]
The first fastest lap award of the season went to an unlikely source in the form of Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu as the 2023 campaign got underway with the Bahrain Grand Prix.
But, because Zhou finished all the way down in P16, he did not bag himself an extra point as that reward is only reserved for drivers who finish in the top 10 of the standings.
However, it was more than just a glory run for Zhou, whose fastest lap actually took an extra point away from Pierre Gasly in the Alpine, set to be one Alfa Romeo’s main midfield rivals this season. Gasly still picked up two points though having recovered from a P20 start to a P9 finish.
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
[Max Verstappen – 1:31.906]
Come the second round of F1 2023 it was Verstappen putting his first fastest lap of the season on the board.
Starting the Saudi Arabian GP from P15 after a driveshaft failure in Q2, Verstappen made progress through the pack, as expected, but was given a big helping hand in the form of a Safety Car, allowing him to make his first pit stop and run P4 for the restart.
Verstappen very quickly improved to P2 behind team-mate Sergio Perez, but unable to reel him in, he went on to set a new fastest lap, something which Red Bull told him they were not interested in, on his final tour of the circuit.
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