Definition of Pole Position

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In Formula 1 (F1) racing, "Pole Position" refers to the first starting spot on the grid for a race. This position is awarded to the driver who achieves the fastest lap time during the qualifying session, which takes place the day before the main race, usually on a Saturday.

In photo:  Red Bull car in pole position at the start of the F1 race.Being in pole position is highly advantageous because it allows the driver to start the race ahead of all other competitors, offering the clearest path on the track and the best chance to lead the race from the beginning. This is especially benefitial in circuits where overtaking is notoriously difficult, such as the Monaco Grand Prix, Hungarian Grand Prix and the Singapore Grand Prix.