Who’re the youngest drivers ever to race in Components 1? : PlanetF1

Strive telling it to 41-year-old Fernando Alonso, however more and more in recent times Components 1 has grow to be a younger man’s recreation.

With their fresh-faced appearances, a number of the present crop of drivers would have wanted to provide ID to get served in a [UK] bar or forged a political vote once they first despatched a Components 1 automotive hurtling round a racetrack – and a really well-known one particularly was not even sufficiently old to do both of these issues.

So who’re the youngest drivers ever to have competed in a Components 1 race? Let’s run by means of the primary dozen on the checklist, in reverse order.

12) Sebastian Vettel – 19 years, 11 months, 14 days, 2007 United States Grand Prix

On the time of his race debut, Vettel already held the document for being the youngest driver to participate in an F1 race weekend, having participated for BMW Sauber in free apply on the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix simply 53 days after his nineteenth birthday.

He had additionally fulfilled that position at six extra races earlier than his Indianapolis race bow, which happened as Robert Kubica was recovering from a crash on the Canadian Grand Prix the earlier weekend.

Vettel certified seventh and picked up one level for ending eighth. The next season he joined Toro Rosso, for whom he received at Monza on solely his twenty second race begin. Two years after that, he turned World Champion.

11) Esteban Ocon – 19 years, 11 months, 11 days, 2016 Belgian Grand Prix

Ocon was three days youthful comparatively than Vettel when Manor Racing known as him up at Spa having been a reserve and free apply driver for Renault beforehand that season.

Rio Haryanto had been dropped by Manor and so in got here Ocon, who began seventeenth of 22th in Belgium, largely attributable to grid penalties affecting rivals, and completed sixteenth.

From there, the Frenchman contested each grand prix by means of to the tip of 2018 having joined Power India and sitting out the 2019 marketing campaign. He’s now a one-time F1 race winner and has a contract with Alpine by means of 2024.

10) Chris Amon – 19 years, 10 months, 20 days, 1963 Belgian Grand Prix

Some 43 years earlier than Ocon was making his debut at Spa, Amon did likewise in a Lola-Climax entered by Reg Parnell Racing.

The New Zealander certified fifteenth of 20 however obtained solely so far as lap 10 when an oil hearth ended his race.

He went on to get pleasure from a prolonged F1 profession that comprised 96 begins by means of to 1976, his finest seasons being 1967 with 4 podium finishes for Ferrari and 1970 when he was runner-up in each Belgium and France for March.

Amon’s solely F1 victories have been in non-championship occasions at Silverstone and in Argentina.

9) Daniil Kvyat – 19 years, 10 months, 18 days, 2014 Australian Grand Prix

A check driver for Toro Rosso in 2013, Kvyat was given a race seat for 2014 having received the GP3 sequence and due to this fact stepped up two ranges in a single go.

He certified eighth for his Melbourne debut, two locations behind team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, and adopted dwelling the Frenchman within the race as they completed P8 and P9.

Three factors finishes in his first 4 F1 races proved the launchpad for Kvyat to be promoted to the senior Pink Bull group for 2015 – the place he remained for simply over one full season amid the emergence of a sure younger Dutchman…

Daniil Kvyat grinning. Jeddah December 2021.

8) Esteban Tuero – 19 years, 10 months, 14 days, 1998 Australian Grand Prix

It will be honest to say Tuero didn’t go on to attain something just like the success loved by most of the different names on this checklist – in truth, the Argentine’s F1 profession lasted solely a solitary season.

That was maybe unsurprising contemplating he solely simply fulfilled the factors for a Tremendous Licence, with Martin Brundle quoted as saying he had “zilch credibility” regardless that Minardi have been eager to get him on board.

In 12 of his 16 races Tuero retired, together with his bow in Melbourne the place he exited on lap 22 of 58 attributable to a blown engine.

Minardi have been eager to maintain Tuero on for 1999, however he opted to return dwelling to Argentina the place he pursued a profession in touring vehicles.

7) Fernando Alonso – 19 years, 7 months, 4 days, 2001 Australian Grand Prix

Three years after Minardi had introduced Tuero into F1, they did likewise with a driver who will depart an infinitely better legacy within the sport.

Alonso had simply completed fourth within the Worldwide Components 3000 Championship and was check and reserve driver for Minardi in 2000. He began nineteenth for his debut in Australia and completed a creditable twelfth in a race marred by the dying of marshal Graham Beveridge following a collision between Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve’s vehicles.

Regardless of failing to attain some extent that 12 months, Renault noticed sufficient in Alonso to provide him a seat for 2003 after serving as a check driver the earlier 12 months. Twenty one years after his bow, the two-time World Champion continues to be going sturdy, with a transfer to Aston Martin imminent.

6) Ricardo Rodriguez – 19 years, 6 months, 27 days, 1961 Italian Grand Prix

Initially a motorcyclist, Rodriguez had already completed second within the Le Mans 24 Hours when he was given a visitor drive by Ferrari at Monza.

It was a superb debut too, for he began on the entrance row by qualifying second however sadly needed to retire from the grand prix with a gas pump failure after battling for the lead with eventual winner Phil Hill.

The Mexican drove in 4 1962 World Championship races for Ferrari however tragically was killed in apply for his dwelling occasion that 12 months, a non-championship race through which he had agreed to compete in a Lotus for the Rob Walker Racing group.

5) Mike Thackwell – 19 years, 5 months, 29 days, 1980 Canadian Grand Prix

A check driver for Tyrrell and a Components 2 racer on the time, Thackwell was capable of drive a 3rd automotive for the group at Circuit Ile Notre-Dame in Montreal, along with these of Jean-Pierre Jarier and Derek Daly.

Beginning final of 24, the New Zealander’s race was over on the first nook – however by means of no fault of his personal. A multi-car pile-up concerned each of his team-mates and when the restart passed off, Jarier took over Thackwell’s automotive.

Just one extra F1 race begin got here Thackwell’s method, additionally in Canada for the RAM group in 1984 through which he suffered a blown turbo, however he did get pleasure from a very good quantity of success in different classes.

4) Lando Norris – 19 years, 4 months, 4 days, 2019 Australian Grand Prix

Aside from 2018, when he completed second to George Russell in Components 2, Norris had received a title in yearly since 2012 when he was nonetheless karting.

After McLaren parted methods with Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne on the finish of 2018, Norris and Carlos Sainz have been introduced as their subsequent driver line-up. The Briton certified a wonderful eighth for his bow in Australia – with Sainz knocked out in Q1 – solely to slide again to twelfth within the race.

Norris’ first grand prix of 2020 had a happier ending, nevertheless – his first F1 podium end in Austria, with 5 extra having adopted thus far.

McLaren's Lando Norris during Canadian Grand Prix. Montreal, June 2022.

3) Jaime Alguersuari – 19 years, 4 months, 3 days, 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix

Competing within the Components Renault 3.5 Collection and serving as reserve driver for Pink Bull and Toro Rosso, Alguersuari obtained his large probability with the latter group halfway by means of 2009 after the departure of Sebastien Bourdais.

It was the qualifying session through which Felipe Massa suffered a severe harm and so the Spaniard, slowest in qualifying, began nineteenth and completed fifteenth with solely his team-mate Sebastien Buemi behind him.

Regardless of a strong 2011 marketing campaign which included a spell of seven factors finishes in 11 races, Alguersuari was dropped by Toro Rosso and that ended his full-time motorsport profession – he has since carved out a brand new life as a DJ.

2) Lance Stroll – 18 years, 4 months, 26 days, 2017 Australian Grand Prix

Stroll’s background has been very properly documented and it was with appreciable monetary help from his household that the younger Canadian was fast-tracked from F3, through which he received the title, straight to F1.

That was with Williams, and after beginning in the back of the grid for his first race in Australia he exited with a brake drawback at simply over two-thirds distance.

Eight races into his F1 profession, Stroll completed on the rostrum in Azerbaijan and that feat has been repeated twice since, along with his place at his father’s Aston Martin group now seemingly cast-iron till both of them decides in any other case.

1) Max Verstappen – 17 years, 5 months, 15 days, 2015 Australian Grand Prix

F1’s youngest driver? It’s not even practically a close-run factor, as a result of Verstappen was practically a 12 months youthful than Stroll comparatively when he had lined up at Albert Park two years earlier.

It was sheer prodigious expertise that earned the Dutchman his probability, Pink Bull Racing adviser Helmut Marko seeing one thing instantly that recognized Jos’ son as being particular.

Qualifying twelfth in Melbourne, Verstappen made a lightning begin and was on track to attain factors when his engine blew on lap 34 of 58.

These factors got here subsequent outing in Malaysia although, and since then Verstappen has been clocking up extra F1 ‘youngest’ data – to win, to complete on the rostrum, to steer a lap, to set the quickest lap and to attain a grand slam.

He was not the youngest World Champion in 2021, nevertheless, however his 18 podium finishes that 12 months was additionally a document.

With 11 victories already this season, and probably 11 in a row to return, but extra new landmarks might be achieved by the point the chequered flag is waved at November’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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