What is the earliest, a F1 driver ever won a championship in the season?

Here you will find insights into the outliers in F1 history. This view provides insight into who became champion as early as possible in the season. Or in other words: the fastest world champion ;-). Both in absolute terms (number of grandprix before the end of the season) and in relative terms (% of season passed before becoming champion). Please note that championships are calculated based on the selected point scoring system.
    Nr    Champion    #GPs before end    Champion at GP    Total GPs    Points champion    Total points
       
1de.webpMichael Schumacher5Germany (GP nr 12) 200217387387
1nl.webpMax Verstappen5Qatar (GP nr 17) 202322575575
3gb.webpNigel Mansell4Belgium (GP nr 12) 199216285285
3de.webpMichael Schumacher4Belgium (GP nr 14) 200418375375
3de.webpSebastian Vettel4Japan (GP nr 15) 201119395395
3nl.webpMax Verstappen4Japan (GP nr 18) 202222454454
7au.webpJack Brabham3Germany (GP nr 6) 19669119131
7gb.webpJim Clark3Germany (GP nr 7) 196510155157
7gb.webpJim Clark3Italy (GP nr 7) 196310155218
7gb.webpJackie Stewart3Italy (GP nr 8) 196911184184
7gb.webpJackie Stewart3Austria (GP nr 8) 197111181181
7de.webpMichael Schumacher3Belgium (GP nr 14) 200117330330
7gb.webpLewis Hamilton3Turkey (GP nr 14) 202017347347
7at.webpNiki Lauda3Italy (GP nr 14) 197717223223
7de.webpSebastian Vettel3India (GP nr 16) 201319404404
7gb.webpLewis Hamilton3United States (GP nr 16) 201519389389
17ar.webpJuan Manuel Fangio2Germany (GP nr 6) 19578120138
17it.webpAlberto Ascari2Germany (GP nr 6) 19528104155.5
17it.webpAlberto Ascari2Germany (GP nr 7) 19539102.5139.5
17ar.webpJuan Manuel Fangio2Switzerland (GP nr 7) 19549127179.14
17br.webpEmerson Fittipaldi2Italy (GP nr 10) 197212176176
17at.webpNiki Lauda2Austria (GP nr 12) 197514207211
17gb.webpJackie Stewart2Italy (GP nr 13) 197315222222
17fr.webpAlain Prost2Europe (GP nr 14) 198516226238
17br.webpAyrton Senna2Spain (GP nr 14) 199116276.5276.5
17fr.webpAlain Prost2Portugal (GP nr 14) 199316276276
17de.webpMichael Schumacher2Pacific (GP nr 15) 199517276276
17gb.webpLewis Hamilton2Mexico (GP nr 18) 201720370370
17gb.webpLewis Hamilton2United States (GP nr 19) 201921413413
17gb.webpLewis Hamilton2Mexico (GP nr 19) 201821411411
31ar.webpJuan Manuel Fangio1Great Britain (GP nr 6) 19557120120
31au.webpJack Brabham1Italy (GP nr 8) 1959999111
31au.webpJack Brabham1Italy (GP nr 9) 196010139.33139.33
31za.webpJody Scheckter1Canada (GP nr 14) 197915153201
31us.webpMario Andretti1USA East (GP nr 15) 197816198198
31br.webpNelson Piquet1Japan (GP nr 15) 198716220232
31fr.webpAlain Prost1Japan (GP nr 15) 198916227249
31br.webpAyrton Senna1Japan (GP nr 15) 199016233233
31gb.webpEddie Irvine1Malaysia (GP nr 15) 199916238238
31de.webpMichael Schumacher1United States (GP nr 15) 200316241241
31gb.webpJenson Button1Brazil (GP nr 16) 200917241.5241.5
31es.webpFernando Alonso1Japan (GP nr 18) 200519324324
43it.webpGiuseppe Farina0Italy (GP nr 7) 195079096
43us.webpPhil Hill0United States (GP nr 8) 19618102120
43ar.webpJuan Manuel Fangio0Spain (GP nr 8) 1951889105.5
43ar.webpJuan Manuel Fangio0Italy (GP nr 8) 1956887.596.5
43gb.webpGraham Hill0South Africa (GP nr 9) 19629120161
43gb.webpJohn Surtees0Mexico (GP nr 10) 196410121121
43nz.webpDenny Hulme0Mexico (GP nr 11) 196711163163
43gb.webpStirling Moss0Morocco (GP nr 11) 195811120120
43gb.webpGraham Hill0Mexico (GP nr 12) 196812143143
43be.webpJacky Ickx0Mexico (GP nr 13) 197013128.5128.5
43au.webpAlan Jones0USA East (GP nr 14) 198014198214
43br.webpNelson Piquet0South Africa (GP nr 15) 198315187187
43br.webpNelson Piquet0Las Vegas (GP nr 15) 198115167167
43br.webpEmerson Fittipaldi0United States (GP nr 15) 197415181182
43fi.webpKeke Rosberg0Las Vegas (GP nr 16) 198216155155
43fi.webpMika Hakkinen0Japan (GP nr 16) 199816277277
43fr.webpAlain Prost0Portugal (GP nr 16) 198416216.5216.5
43fr.webpAlain Prost0Australia (GP nr 16) 198616218235
43at.webpNiki Lauda0Japan (GP nr 16) 197616210210
43br.webpAyrton Senna0Australia (GP nr 16) 198816256277
43gb.webpDamon Hill0Australia (GP nr 16) 199416258258
43gb.webpDamon Hill0Japan (GP nr 16) 199616263263
43fi.webpKimi Räikkönen0Brazil (GP nr 17) 200717278278
43de.webpMichael Schumacher0Malaysia (GP nr 17) 200017288288
43de.webpMichael Schumacher0Europe (GP nr 17) 199717231231
43gb.webpLewis Hamilton0Brazil (GP nr 18) 200818244244
43es.webpFernando Alonso0Brazil (GP nr 18) 200618326326
43gb.webpLewis Hamilton0Abu Dhabi (GP nr 19) 201419366366
43de.webpSebastian Vettel0Abu Dhabi (GP nr 19) 201019259259
43de.webpSebastian Vettel0Brazil (GP nr 20) 201220287287
43de.webpNico Rosberg0Abu Dhabi (GP nr 21) 201621391391
43nl.webpMax Verstappen0Abu Dhabi (GP nr 22) 202122410.5410.5
    Nr    Champion    % of season done    #GPs before end    Champion at GP    Total GPs    Points champion    Total points
        
1au.webpJack Brabham67%3Germany (GP nr 6) 19669119131
2gb.webpJim Clark70%3Germany (GP nr 7) 196510155157
2gb.webpJim Clark70%3Italy (GP nr 7) 196310155218
4de.webpMichael Schumacher71%5Germany (GP nr 12) 200217387387
5gb.webpJackie Stewart73%3Italy (GP nr 8) 196911184184
5gb.webpJackie Stewart73%3Austria (GP nr 8) 197111181181
7it.webpAlberto Ascari75%2Germany (GP nr 6) 19528104155.5
7ar.webpJuan Manuel Fangio75%2Germany (GP nr 6) 19578120138
7gb.webpNigel Mansell75%4Belgium (GP nr 12) 199216285285
10nl.webpMax Verstappen77%5Qatar (GP nr 17) 202322575575
11it.webpAlberto Ascari78%2Germany (GP nr 7) 19539102.5139.5
11ar.webpJuan Manuel Fangio78%2Switzerland (GP nr 7) 19549127179.14
11de.webpMichael Schumacher78%4Belgium (GP nr 14) 200418375375
14de.webpSebastian Vettel79%4Japan (GP nr 15) 201119395395
15nl.webpMax Verstappen82%4Japan (GP nr 18) 202222454454
15de.webpMichael Schumacher82%3Belgium (GP nr 14) 200117330330
15gb.webpLewis Hamilton82%3Turkey (GP nr 14) 202017347347
15at.webpNiki Lauda82%3Italy (GP nr 14) 197717223223
19br.webpEmerson Fittipaldi83%2Italy (GP nr 10) 197212176176
20gb.webpLewis Hamilton84%3United States (GP nr 16) 201519389389
20de.webpSebastian Vettel84%3India (GP nr 16) 201319404404
22ar.webpJuan Manuel Fangio86%1Great Britain (GP nr 6) 19557120120
22at.webpNiki Lauda86%2Austria (GP nr 12) 197514207211
24gb.webpJackie Stewart87%2Italy (GP nr 13) 197315222222
25fr.webpAlain Prost88%2Europe (GP nr 14) 198516226238
25br.webpAyrton Senna88%2Spain (GP nr 14) 199116276.5276.5
25fr.webpAlain Prost88%2Portugal (GP nr 14) 199316276276
25de.webpMichael Schumacher88%2Pacific (GP nr 15) 199517276276
29au.webpJack Brabham89%1Italy (GP nr 8) 1959999111
30au.webpJack Brabham90%1Italy (GP nr 9) 196010139.33139.33
30gb.webpLewis Hamilton90%2Mexico (GP nr 18) 201720370370
30gb.webpLewis Hamilton90%2Mexico (GP nr 19) 201821411411
30gb.webpLewis Hamilton90%2United States (GP nr 19) 201921413413
34za.webpJody Scheckter93%1Canada (GP nr 14) 197915153201
35us.webpMario Andretti94%1USA East (GP nr 15) 197816198198
35br.webpNelson Piquet94%1Japan (GP nr 15) 198716220232
35fr.webpAlain Prost94%1Japan (GP nr 15) 198916227249
35br.webpAyrton Senna94%1Japan (GP nr 15) 199016233233
35gb.webpEddie Irvine94%1Malaysia (GP nr 15) 199916238238
35de.webpMichael Schumacher94%1United States (GP nr 15) 200316241241
35gb.webpJenson Button94%1Brazil (GP nr 16) 200917241.5241.5
42es.webpFernando Alonso95%1Japan (GP nr 18) 200519324324
43it.webpGiuseppe Farina100%0Italy (GP nr 7) 195079096
43us.webpPhil Hill100%0United States (GP nr 8) 19618102120
43ar.webpJuan Manuel Fangio100%0Spain (GP nr 8) 1951889105.5
43ar.webpJuan Manuel Fangio100%0Italy (GP nr 8) 1956887.596.5
43gb.webpGraham Hill100%0South Africa (GP nr 9) 19629120161
43gb.webpJohn Surtees100%0Mexico (GP nr 10) 196410121121
43nz.webpDenny Hulme100%0Mexico (GP nr 11) 196711163163
43gb.webpStirling Moss100%0Morocco (GP nr 11) 195811120120
43gb.webpGraham Hill100%0Mexico (GP nr 12) 196812143143
43be.webpJacky Ickx100%0Mexico (GP nr 13) 197013128.5128.5
43au.webpAlan Jones100%0USA East (GP nr 14) 198014198214
43br.webpNelson Piquet100%0South Africa (GP nr 15) 198315187187
43br.webpNelson Piquet100%0Las Vegas (GP nr 15) 198115167167
43br.webpEmerson Fittipaldi100%0United States (GP nr 15) 197415181182
43fi.webpKeke Rosberg100%0Las Vegas (GP nr 16) 198216155155
43fi.webpMika Hakkinen100%0Japan (GP nr 16) 199816277277
43fr.webpAlain Prost100%0Portugal (GP nr 16) 198416216.5216.5
43fr.webpAlain Prost100%0Australia (GP nr 16) 198616218235
43at.webpNiki Lauda100%0Japan (GP nr 16) 197616210210
43br.webpAyrton Senna100%0Australia (GP nr 16) 198816256277
43gb.webpDamon Hill100%0Australia (GP nr 16) 199416258258
43gb.webpDamon Hill100%0Japan (GP nr 16) 199616263263
43fi.webpKimi Räikkönen100%0Brazil (GP nr 17) 200717278278
43de.webpMichael Schumacher100%0Malaysia (GP nr 17) 200017288288
43de.webpMichael Schumacher100%0Europe (GP nr 17) 199717231231
43gb.webpLewis Hamilton100%0Brazil (GP nr 18) 200818244244
43es.webpFernando Alonso100%0Brazil (GP nr 18) 200618326326
43gb.webpLewis Hamilton100%0Abu Dhabi (GP nr 19) 201419366366
43de.webpSebastian Vettel100%0Abu Dhabi (GP nr 19) 201019259259
43de.webpSebastian Vettel100%0Brazil (GP nr 20) 201220287287
43de.webpNico Rosberg100%0Abu Dhabi (GP nr 21) 201621391391
43nl.webpMax Verstappen100%0Abu Dhabi (GP nr 22) 202122410.5410.5
Explanation
In the earliest champion view, drivers are ranked based how fast they became champion in a season. There are two variations. The first one is in terms of absolute grandprix before the end of the season (so zero GP meaning, the driver became champion in the last GP). The second is relative to reflect the differences in season length. As a percentage of GP completed (100% meaning the driver became champion on the last GP of the season). The championships are based on the selected point scoring system. For some seasons additional rules apply to calculate the champion.
Date last modified: 2024-02-26 00:12:30 - 4 days ago
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