6 Youngest F1 Drivers

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There’s a youth movement underway in today’s Formula One, but the historic title of F1’s youngest Grand Prix drivers includes several from the annals as well.
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Six Youngest Grand Prix Drivers
Rank Driver Season-Race Age
1 flagMax Verstappen 2015-Australia 17Yr, 166Dy
2 flagJaime Alguersuari 2009-Hungary 19Yr, 125Dy
3 flagMike Thackwell 1980-Canada 19Yr, 179Dy
4 flagRicardo Rodriguez 1961-Italy 19Yr, 207Dy
5 flagFernando Alonso 2001-Australia 19Yr, 213Dy
6 flagEsteban Tuero 1998-Australia 19Yr, 314Dy
Where driving talent is concerned, these days it can burgeon at an indecently young age through the highly competitive ranks of karting. Despite this, two of the six youngest drivers to start a Formula One GP raced their first 30 or more years ago. Sometimes these starts are inauspicious, at best. Thackwell collided with his teammate in 1980 and retired at the first corner. Alguersuari qualified dead last and finished just one place above the DNFs, having passed his Toro Rosso teammate. Alonso, on the other hand, qualified 19th and finished 12th for Minardi — although he was next-to-last on the track, ahead only of Giancarlo Fisichella’s Renault. Others, like Daniil Kvyat (tied for No. 6 all-time with Chris Amon) and Sebastian Vettel (No. 7 all time), fared a tad  better (Q7, P8 for Vettel and Q8, P9 for Kvyat).



5 Replies to “6 Youngest F1 Drivers”

  1. Verstappen being only 17 years of age is amazing. The Belgium flag in front of his name is just stupid as he’s Dutch!

  2. His father was a good driver also. I remember him racing down under here in New Zealand in the 1990s. Won his share as well. STUART

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