Simply a nice bonus once upon a time, now drivers can pick up an extra point if they set the fastest lap of a race.
From 2019 it was decided to once again reward the driver who clocks the fastest lap of a grand prix with a bonus point, as long as they finished that race inside the top 10, and as such, the points-paying positions.
Since then, it has triggered an interesting dynamic for race strategies, with drivers commonly pitting for a fresh set of tyres if they have very little to lose, so that they can bag themselves an extra point.
So, who has been delivering the fastest laps so far in 2022? Here are all the drivers to claim this honour so far:
Bahrain Grand Prix fastest lap
Charles Leclerc – 1:34.570
Charles Leclerc not only took home the win from the #BahrainGP, but also the DHL Fastest Lap award! 💪
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 22, 2022
It was a perfect start to the season for the Ferrari driver, who claimed pole, the fastest lap and race win in Bahrain.
He set a 1:34.570 on the 51st lap to ensure that he departed Bahrain with the maximum total of 26 points.
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix fastest lap
Charles Leclerc – 1:31.634
Leclerc was at it again come the following round in Saudi Arabia, clocking a 1:31.634 on the 48th lap.
Although the bonus point came his way, he was forced to settle for a further 18 rather than 25, after losing out in his battle with Max Verstappen late on, meaning P2 was the best that Leclerc could do.
Australian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc – 1:20.260
Drivers returned to a new-look, faster Albert Park for the 2022 Australian Grand Prix, and Leclerc once again was setting the ultimate pace in the race, delivering a 1:20.260 on the final lap.
It was another pole, fastest lap and victory in the bag for the Ferrari driver.
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
Max Verstappen – 1:18.446
Verstappen needed to find a response to Leclerc in the title race, and it came at Imola.
Claiming pole, the sprint victory, race victory and fastest lap on Lap 55 of 63, it was a dominant weekend for the Red Bull driver.
Miami Grand Prix
Max Verstappen – 1:31.361
Max Verstappen claimed the extra point in Miami, winning his second @DHL_Motorsports Fastest Lap Award of the season! ⏱👏
— Formula 1 (@F1) May 10, 2022
Formula 1 then moved on to uncharted territory as the Miami Grand Prix made its debut.
And Verstappen took his place in the history books as not only the first winner, but also the first to set a benchmark for fastest lap, clocking a 1:31.361 on Lap 54 of 57.
Spanish Grand Prix
Sergio Perez – 1:24.108
Come Spain a new name joined the party for 2022, Perez claiming the fastest lap of the race when he delivered a 1:24.108 on his 55th tour in the 66-lap race.
He finished P2, behind team-mate Verstappen, to make it a Red Bull one-two.
Monaco Grand Prix
Lando Norris – 1:14.693
— Formula 1 (@F1) May 30, 2022
It took until the Monaco Grand Prix for a driver outside of Red Bull or Ferrari to claim the fastest lap, Lando Norris joining the club.
The McLaren driver set a 1:14.693 on the 55th lap of a shortened race, due to earlier heavy rain. Finishing P6, it meant that Norris also picked up a bonus point for his achievement.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Sergio Perez – 1:46.046
Checo beat Max to the @DHL_Motorsports Fastest Lap by 0.004s 😱
— Formula 1 (@F1) June 13, 2022
After winning in Monaco, Perez was enjoying a patch of strong form and claimed the fastest lap at the following round in Baku, doing so with a 1:46.046.
He set that on Lap 36 of 51, going on to finish P2 behind Verstappen in Red Bull’s latest one-two. The pair’s best times were separated by a mere 0.004s!
Canadian Grand Prix
Carlos Sainz – 1:15.749
Leclerc’s team-mate Sainz opened his account by clocking the fastest lap of the Canadian Grand Prix during his pursuit of leader and eventual race winner Verstappen.
A 1:15.749 on Lap 63 of 70 meant that Sainz claimed an extra point to go with his P2 finish.
British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton – 1:30.510
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 4, 2022
There has been plenty of difficult moments for Hamilton in 2022, but he had a lot to smile about on home soil.
On the final lap, crossing the line to take P3 and a spot on the podium, the Mercedes driver also delivered the fastest lap of the race, a 1:30.510, to claim the bonus point.
Austrian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen – 1:07.275
The Red Bull driver had to settle for P2 at the end of the race around the Red Bull Ring, though on that weekend he did take pole, the sprint qualifying victory and set the fastest lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.
A 1:07.275 on Lap 62 of 71 saw Verstappen make it a hat-trick of fastest laps in 2022.
French Grand Prix
Carlos Sainz – 1:35.781
Congrats to Carlos 👏
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 25, 2022
A 1:35.781, set on his 51st tour, established Sainz as the fastest driver to lap Paul Ricard in that race.
With Sainz finishing the 53-lap race in P5, hampered by a five-second time penalty for an unsafe release, that bonus point was very much a welcomed one.
Hungarian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton – 1:21.386
An extra point for Lewis Hamilton! 👏
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 4, 2022
Hamilton loves the Hungaroring, a venue where he has won eight times before, and although unable to make that nine in 2022, he did set the fastest lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
A 1:21.386 on Lap 57 of 70 sealed that bonus point for Hamilton, taking his score to 19 after a P2 finish.
Who has recorded the most fastest laps this season?
Charles Leclerc – 3
Max Verstappen – 3
Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz – 2
Lando Norris – 1