Max Verstappen received his first Formulation 1 World Championship in a title showdown on the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and, on the age of 24 years and 66 days, turned one of many youngest-ever champions. However how does he evaluate to the likes of Emerson Fittipaldi, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel?
1. Sebastian Vettel
First championship: 2010
Age: 23 years and 133 days
Sebastian Vettel entered the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 15 factors shy of Fernando Alonso however emerged the youngest-ever Formulation 1 world champion together with his fifth victory of the season. By the way, he then turned the youngest-ever double (then triple then quadruple) champion within the following years.
That is not all: in 2007, he had already turn out to be the youngest-ever F1 factors scorer for BMW Sauber on the US Grand Prix, following that up in 2008 by turning into the youngest-ever polesitter and race winner at Monza.
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2. Lewis Hamilton
First championship: 2008
Age: 23 years and 300 days
Lewis Hamilton delivered his first title in his sophomore F1 season after kicking off a ferocious rivalry with McLaren workforce mate Fernando Alonso in 2007, by which the pair had been degree on factors behind champion Kimi Raikkonen by season’s finish.
The nailbiting, tearjerking 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix went down in F1 historical past as Hamilton handed Timo Glock within the dying laps to turn out to be the youngest Formulation 1 world champion on the time, on the age of 23 years and 300 days outdated.
If he clinches one other title in 2022 for Mercedes, he would be the oldest F1 champion since Alain Prost, who received the title in 1993 on the age of 38 years and 215 days.
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3. Fernando Alonso
First championship: 2005
Age: 24 years and 57 days
Certainly one of F1’s most youthful debutants again in 2001, Fernando Alonso had the hardest of opponents in Michael Schumacher and Ferrari in 2005, however received over the institution to finish the German’s dominant spell. It was no imply feat: simply look again on the beautiful 2005 San Marino Grand Prix for proof of their toe-to-toe battle.
The Spaniard adopted that up in 2006 (turning into F1’s youngest double champion on the time), taking seven wins to Schumacher’s seven – however crucially with 134 factors to the latter’s 121 factors.
The next yr, Alonso moved to McLaren – solely to satisfy the mighty problem of Hamilton…
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4. Max Verstappen
First championship: 2021
Age: 24 years and 73 days
The youngest to ever begin a Grand Prix at 17 years and 166 days, Max Verstappen surpassed Vettel as Formulation 1’s youngest Grand Prix winner again within the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, however amidst a interval of Mercedes hegemony he did not fairly have the possibility to turn out to be F1’s youngest champion.
In 2021, he put an finish to the Silver Arrows’ beautiful run and – at the very least, for now – quashed Hamilton’s hopes of taking a document eighth drivers’ title with an emphatic efficiency in Abu Dhabi. This was the primary time since 1974 that the protagonists had been equal on factors going into the ultimate spherical.
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And it proved to be a struggle for the ages, Verstappen taking victory at Hamilton’s expense within the very remaining lap of the race. Afterwards, the Dutchman remarked on his achievement and what comes subsequent.
He mentioned: “In fact I’ll proceed driving however after all, when it comes to achievements, I’ve achieved every thing in Formulation 1 now. So every thing that comes subsequent is only a bonus.”
5. Emerson Fittipaldi
First championship: 1972
Age: 25 years and 273 days
Emerson Fittipaldi secured the constructors’ championship for Workforce Lotus and have become the youngest world champion in 1972.
As our Corridor of Fame opus reads: “His strengths included a fragile contact and calm method that saved him out of hassle, and an analytical thoughts that made him achieved at techniques and technique.”
What that translated into on monitor was 5 wins in 12 Grands Prix to immortalise the gorgeous black-and-gold Lotus 72, together with a superb show at Monza, and a remaining factors tally of 61 over runner-up Jackie Stewart’s 45.