30 fastest qualifying laps in F1 history

Only once has a driver broken the 1m barrier in qualifying. We compile a list of the fastest ever qualifying times set in F1's history.

30 fastest qualifying laps in F1 history
#30: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W06, Spielberg 2015: 1:08.455
#30: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W06, Spielberg 2015: 1:08.455
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#29: Jack Brabham, Brabham BT19, Watkins Glen 1966: 1:08.420
#29: Jack Brabham, Brabham BT19, Watkins Glen 1966: 1:08.420
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#28: Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari F2002, Spielberg 2002: 1:08.082
#28: Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari F2002, Spielberg 2002: 1:08.082
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#27: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Spielberg 2016: 1:07.922
#27: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Spielberg 2016: 1:07.922
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#26: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2003-GA, Spielberg 2003: 1:07.908
#26: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2003-GA, Spielberg 2003: 1:07.908
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#25: Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/4, Le Castellet 1988: 1:07.589
#25: Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/4, Le Castellet 1988: 1:07.589
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#24: Nigel Mansell, Ferrari 641, Silverstone 1990: 1:07.428
#24: Nigel Mansell, Ferrari 641, Silverstone 1990: 1:07.428
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#23: Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/5, Le Castellet 1989: 1:07.203
#23: Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/5, Le Castellet 1989: 1:07.203
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#22: Jean-Pierre Jabouille, Renault RS10, Dijon 1979: 1:07.190
#22: Jean-Pierre Jabouille, Renault RS10, Dijon 1979: 1:07.190
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#21: Ayrton Senna, Lotus 97T, Brands Hatch 1985: 1:07.169
#21: Ayrton Senna, Lotus 97T, Brands Hatch 1985: 1:07.169
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#20: Nelson Piquet, Williams FW11B, Silverstone 1987: 1:07.110
#20: Nelson Piquet, Williams FW11B, Silverstone 1987: 1:07.110
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#19: Nelson Piquet, Williams FW11, Brands Hatch 1986: 1:06.961
#19: Nelson Piquet, Williams FW11, Brands Hatch 1986: 1:06.961
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#18: Patrick Tambay, Ferrari 126C3, Kyalami 1983: 1:06.554
#18: Patrick Tambay, Ferrari 126C3, Kyalami 1983: 1:06.554
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#17: Ayrton Senna, Lotus 98T, Le Castellet 1986: 1:06.526
#17: Ayrton Senna, Lotus 98T, Le Castellet 1986: 1:06.526
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#16: Nigel Mansell, Williams FW11B, Le Castellet 1987: 1:06.454
#16: Nigel Mansell, Williams FW11B, Le Castellet 1987: 1:06.454
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#15: Alain Prost, Renault RE30B, Kyalami 1982: 1:06.351
#15: Alain Prost, Renault RE30B, Kyalami 1982: 1:06.351
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#14: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Spielberg 2016: 1:06,228
#14: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid, Spielberg 2016: 1:06,228
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#13: René Arnoux, Renault RE30, Dijon 1981: 1:05.950
#13: René Arnoux, Renault RE30, Dijon 1981: 1:05.950
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#12: Keke Rosberg, Williams FW10, Silverstone 1985: 1:05.591
#12: Keke Rosberg, Williams FW10, Silverstone 1985: 1:05.591
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#11: Graham Hill, Lotus 49, Watkins Glen 1967: 1:05.480
#11: Graham Hill, Lotus 49, Watkins Glen 1967: 1:05.480
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#10: Nelson Piquet, Brabham BT53, Kyalami 1984: 1:04.871
#10: Nelson Piquet, Brabham BT53, Kyalami 1984: 1:04.871
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#9: Nigel Mansell, Ferrari 641, Le Castellet 1990: 1:04.402
#9: Nigel Mansell, Ferrari 641, Le Castellet 1990: 1:04.402
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#8: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Spielberg 2017: 1:04.251
#8: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Spielberg 2017: 1:04.251
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#7: Mario Andretti, Lotus 49B, Watkins Glen 1968: 1:04.200
#7: Mario Andretti, Lotus 49B, Watkins Glen 1968: 1:04.200
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#6: Jochen Rindt, Lotus 49B, Watkins Glen 1969: 1:03.620
#6: Jochen Rindt, Lotus 49B, Watkins Glen 1969: 1:03.620
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#5: Jacky Ickx, Ferrari 312B, Watkins Glen 1970: 1:03.070
#5: Jacky Ickx, Ferrari 312B, Watkins Glen 1970: 1:03.070
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#4: Nigel Mansell, Williams FW10, Kyalami 1985: 1:02.366
#4: Nigel Mansell, Williams FW10, Kyalami 1985: 1:02.366
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#3: Patrick Tambay, Renault RE50, Dijon 1984: 1:02.200
#3: Patrick Tambay, Renault RE50, Dijon 1984: 1:02.200
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#2: Alain Prost, Renault RE30B, Dijon 1982: 1:01.380
#2: Alain Prost, Renault RE30B, Dijon 1982: 1:01.380
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#1: Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312B3, Dijon 1974: 58.90
#1: Niki Lauda, Ferrari 312B3, Dijon 1974: 58.90
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