Should Sebastian Vettel lead next weekend’s British Grand Prix for at least one kilometre, the 3-time World Champion will have lead the Formula One field for over 10,000km during his 108-race career.
Vettel’s current 9999kms in the lead sets him well ahead of any of his 2013 rivals; second-placed Fernando Alonso’s record is 1500km shy of the Red Bull driver’s.
Michael Schumacher headed the field for 24,144km between 1991 to 2012.
The reigning World Champion sits 126km shy of 1963 and 1965 World Champion Jim Clark’s total kilometres in the lead. With Sunday’s race scheduled to be just over 306km, a dominant victory for the German would almost certainly bump him up to the 4th-highest in the all-time standings.
Ayrton Senna (World Champion 1988, 1990, 1991) and Alain Prost (1985, 1986, 1989, 1993) rank second and third on the ladder, with 13,676km and 12,481km respectively.
The Red Bull driver has driven 29,000km Grand Prix laps since his Formula One debut in 2007.
Another tantalising opportunity to improve the German record-breaker’s stats will present itself Saturday: should the reigning World Champion secure pole in qualifying, the 25-year-old will have recorded his 40th fastest qualifying time.
Only Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna recorded a greater number during their careers.
The pair secured 68 and 65 pole positions during their 19- and 11-year in Formula One.
All stats provided by Forix.