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Formula 1: Top five drivers with most consecutive laps led

Published at :July 26, 2023 at 1:09 AM
Modified at :July 28, 2023 at 1:03 AM
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Anurag Kanjani

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Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsport, is home to some of the most talented and awe-inspiring drivers in the world. Leading a race from start to finish requires a combination of skill, precision, and strategic decision-making. In this article, we will delve into the world of Formula 1 and explore the top 5 drivers with the most consecutive laps led. We will also highlight the race locations where they achieved these impressive records.

Nigel Mansell - Silverstone, United Kingdom (235 Laps):

Nigel Mansell, a beloved figure in British motorsport, left an indelible mark on Formula 1 with his remarkable driving skills. Mansell's record of leading 235 consecutive laps was achieved during the 1992 seasons starting at the Brazilian GP circuit and ending at the iconic Monaco GP. Known for his tenacity and never-give-up attitude, Mansell's ability to consistently lead from the front made him a fan favourite.

Max Verstappen - (248 Laps):

Max Verstappen, a young prodigy in Formula 1, has been making waves with his exceptional talent and fearless approach. As of the latest records, Verstappen holds the third position for the most consecutive laps led, with an impressive 248 laps which he covered in the 2023 season starting from Miami GP and then taking it till 5 more races to end the streak at the Austrian GP. Verstappen's aggressive driving style, remarkable racecraft, and ability to seize control of the race have marked him as a force to be reckoned with in this era of drivers.

Ayrton Senna - (264 Laps):

Ayrton Senna, one of the best F1 drivers ever in the motorsport world showcased his brilliance of consistency again in the following year 1989 starting at San Marino till US Grand Prix with a lap lead of 237 laps, making him be in the record holders list not just once but twice, that too in two consecutive years. All this shows the type of legacy he built upon in his small career.

Ayrton Senna - (264 Laps):

Ayrton Senna, considered one of the greatest drivers in Formula 1 history, mesmerised fans with his incredible skill and determination. Senna's record of leading 264 consecutive laps was set during the 1988 season starting at the Britain GP. Known for his aggressive racing style and unmatched focus, Senna commanded races from the front with his sheer determination to succeed until his unfortunate accident.

Alberto Ascari - (305 Laps):

Alberto Ascari, an Italian racing legend, holds the record for the most consecutive laps led in Formula 1. His extraordinary achievement of leading 305 laps in a row occurred during the 1952 season starting in Belgium GP to Netherlands GP. Ascari was known for his remarkable consistency, smooth driving style, and ability to dominate races with his precision and control.


All 5 drivers with the most consecutive laps led in Formula 1 have left an indelible mark on the sport with their incredible skill, determination, and ability to dominate races. 

From Ascari's consistency to Senna's aggressive racing style, Verstappen's fearlessness, and Mansell's tenacity, have showcased their exceptional talents over the years.