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These are the youngest F1 drivers ever

In this article, we'll provide you with the latest overview of the youngest F1 drivers ever, along with some interesting statistics. Discover all the youngest drivers in Formula One history and within the current grid.

This is the youngest F1 driver ever

The youngest driver within Formula One history

There is a clear winner when we look at the youngest drivers in F1 history. Max Verstappen is the youngest Formula One driver ever, making his debut at Albert Park (Australian Grand Prix) in 2015 with Toro Rosso. He's almost a full year younger than the next youngest F1 driver, Lance Stroll, who made his debut at 18 years, 4 months, and 26 days of age.

Seeing Max Verstappen drive in Formula One at such a young age was something truly special, and it received a lot of critique from the F1 community. However, Helmut Marko trusted in the talent of the Dutchman, and it proved well over time.

Below, you can find an overview of the top 10 youngest F1 drivers ever in F1 history.

The 10 youngest F1 drivers ever

Ranking Driver F1 debut age
1 Max Verstappen 17 years, 5 months, 15 days (2015 Australian Grand Prix)
2 Lance Stroll 18 years, 4 months, 26 days (2017 Australian Grand Prix)
3 Oliver Bearman 18 years, 10 months, 1 day (2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix)
4 Jaime Alguersuari 19 years, 4 months, 3 days (2009 Hungarian Grand Prix)
5 Lando Norris 19 years, 4 months, 4 days (2019 Australian Grand Prix)
6 Mike Thackwell 19 years, 5 months, 29 days (1980 Canadian Grand Prix)
7 Ricardo Rodriguez 19 years, 6 months, 27 days (1961 Italian Grand Prix)
8 Fernando Alonso 19 years, 7 months, 4 days (2001 Australian Grand Prix)
9 Esteban Tuero 19 years, 10 months, 14 days (1998 Australian Grand Prix)
10 Daniil Kvyat 19 years, 10 months, 18 days (2014 Australian Grand Prix)
the youngest F1 driver ever

The minimum F1 age introduction by the FIA.

However, Formula 1 witnessed the participation of minors, exemplified by the notable case of Max Verstappen, who debuted at the age of 17 in 2015. However, the FIA implemented a minimum age requirement of 18 years for entry into Formula 1 starting from 2016. This regulatory change aimed to ensure that drivers possess the necessary maturity and experience to compete at the highest level of motorsport.

The current youngest F1 driver

Oscar Piastri is currently the youngest F1 driver on the grid at 23 years of age. Before the start of the 2023 season, Alpine announced that the Australian would drive for their team, but Piastri denied this. Later, the Australian driver confirmed that he would be driving for the Papaya team. Piastri made his debut for McLaren in 2023 during the Bahrain Grand Prix at 21 years of age.

Technically, the reserve driver for Ferrari, Oliver Bearman, was the youngest F1 driver of the current F1 season. Due to appendicitis surgery for Carlos Sainz, Bearman replaced him for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Briton finished 7th and scored 6 points in his first Formula 1 race, which marked a great F1 debut.

the youngest F1 driver ever

Who is the youngest driver in F1?

The youngest driver ever in F1 was Max Verstappen in 2015 at 17 years of age. Currently, McLaren driver Oscar Piastri is the youngest driver on the F1 grid at 23 years of age.

Is there a 17 year old F1 driver?

There was only one F1 driver who raced at 17 years of age, which was Max Verstappen in 2015. He made his debut for Toro Rosso during the Australian Grand Prix.

What is the youngest age you can drive in F1?

Before 2016, minors could drive in F1, as we saw with the 17-year-old Max Verstappen in 2015. However, since 2016, the FIA introduced a minimum age of 18 years to join Formula 1.

Who is the youngest driver to score points?

Max Verstappen is the youngest driver to score points ever in Formula One history. The Dutchman scored his first point at 17 years of age during the Malaysian Grand Prix of 2015.

Who is the youngest GP winner in F1 history?

Max Verstappen is the youngest Grand Prix winner in F1 history due to his win during the Spanish Grand Prix at 18 years of age.
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