Pole position

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This article is about the motorsport related topic. For the video game, see Pole Position.

In circuit motorsport, a driver has pole position when he starts a race at the front of the grid. Grid position is usually determined by a separate qualifying session where drivers try to set the fastest lap, or based on their position in the previous race.

Different motorsport series use different formats for determing which driver has the opportunity to start from pole position.

  • Formula 1 until 2003: Drivers were permitted up to twelve laps to record a fastest lap in a one hour session on Saturday.
  • Formula 1 2003, 2004, and 2005 from May 28: Pole position is determined by the best time on a single lap run on Saturday, with race fuel.

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