Max Verstappen has been the race leader the most times this season



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Max Verstappen has been the race leader the most times this season

Max Verstappen has spent the current 2021 season in the lead in terms of laps driven than the entire grid has done, including his biggest competitor in the race for the title. Of course, that is Lewis Hamilton The Red Bull driver has won seven of 16 races this season and holds the lead in the championship with six points ahead of the seven-time world champion.

But the Dutchman not only leads in the overall standings but is also first in the standings of the drivers with the most laps spent in the race, with those laps leading. Max Verstappen has so far held the leading position in 469 laps, compared to 465 laps in which all other drivers on the grid found themselves.

The second driver who has the most laps from the leadership position is Lewis Hamilton. The Briton is at 133. The driver of the Mercedes was half less in the first position, although Hamilton is the driver who holds the record for the leading laps in the history of Formula 1: so far he has been at the head of 5,232.

laps. Of the 21 riders on the grid, eleven found themselves in the role of holding the lead in the race. Moreover, out of eleven drivers, only six managed to reach the top step of the podium.

Top 3

Behind the two candidates for the title, who share most of the laps in the lead, as well as the number of wins, stands Esteban Ocon.

The Alpine driver achieved his first victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix in which he led 65 laps. After the Top 3, the fourth place goes to Charles Leclerc, with 51 laps in the lead, but no win. Daniel Ricciardo, the winner of the Monza Grand Prix, has done 48 laps in the lead and is fifth in this table, just behind the Australian is Sergio Perez with 34.

Behind Perez lay Lando Norris. The Briton held the leadership role for 31 laps, and several laps separated him until the first victory was taken by Lewis Hamilton. The Red Bull driver has won seven of 16 races this season and holds the lead in the championship with six points ahead of the seven-time world champion.

Of particular note is Valtteri Bottas, who held the leading position for just 27 laps, despite being in third place in the drivers ’championship. The Finnish driver achieved the majority at the last Grand Prix of Turkey, where he achieved his first victory this season.

Carlos Sainz was the leader of 12 rounds in Sochi, which puts him in ninth place. Sebastian Vettel felt the sweetness of the leading role on 4 laps, while Fernando Alonso closes the table with 2 laps on the leading position in Hungaroring.