Ranking the Top 10 Qualifiers in Formula 1 History

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Ranking the Top 10 Qualifiers in Formula 1 History
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Sebastian Vettel celebrates taking pole position in Korea

With Sebastian Vettel threatening to tear up the record books as he continues on his current winning spree, the question as to whether he is one of the quickest drivers of all time still remains.

Of course there is no question that he is one of the great racers, but one of the true benchmarks for out-and-out pace over a single lap has been during qualifying.

The format has changed markedly over the years from the early days of long timed practice sessions to the luxury of bespoke qualifying machines that differed from Sunday’s race cars and expendable qualifying tyres.

There is some doubt as to whether qualifying today carries as much importance with drivers now often choosing not to set a time on the quicker but faster wearing Pirelli tyre for the benefit of race strategy, as we saw with Vettel at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix.

But Vettel is a man who clearly loves being on pole as demonstrated by his six poles this season. Lewis Hamilton is also renowned for his pace over a single lap and has also bagged five poles this year.

So where does the pair stand in the grand scheme of the one-lap wonders? Here are the top 10 most successful qualifiers in F1 history taking a percentage from their poles achieved according to number of attempts.


*Stats taken from FORIX

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