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Top youngest F1 champions ever

Being a champion is tough but at this age? Its an achievement of its own. Take a look at some of the youngest F1 champions in history.


Numerous younger Formula 1 champions have emerged since the inaugural championship was staged in 1950.

This category, which is the highest class of off-road racing, has historically grown in popularity on a global scale. As more and more drivers strive to achieve the highest level of automotive accomplishment, more and more records are made and broken every season.

When young talent is recognized, they quickly get the opportunity to race to demonstrate that they do, in fact, possess the talent necessary to compete on racing tracks and demonstrate their value.

These contenders shocked everyone by winning the Formula 1 championship at a young age.

The countries who had the most titles in the…

Despite the participation of so many different countries over these 92 years, only 8 countries have ever been world champions.

9- Jim Clark (27 years and 174 days)

Scottish driver Jim Clark, sometimes known as James Clark Jr., made his Formula One debut in 1960 and won his first race in 1962 while driving for the Lotus team.

In 1963, he was one of the youngest F1 champions, and in 1965, he captured a second world championship.

He competed until the beginning of 1968, winning his first and last races of the year when he crashed into some trees during a Formula 2 race at the Hockenheimring in Germany and passed away as a result of skull and neck fractures.

8- Jacques Villeneuve (26 years and 200 days)

From 1996 through 2006, Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve competed in Formula One races.

He made his Formula One debut at Williams as the vice-champion and won his only championship there in 1997.

Outperforming his father Gilles Villeneuve, a Ferrari driver who finished only second in 1979 and passed away in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix in 1982.

Jacques Villeneuve is the only Canadian who has won a world championship in Formula One, and he keeps up his career in several motorsports events.

7-Niki Lauda (26 years and 197 days)

Niki Lauda, also known as Andreas Nikolaus Lauda, won the F1 championship three times, in 1975, 1977 (with Ferrari), and 1984 (with McLaren).

The Austrian driver suffered terrible burns to his face and head, losing part of his right ear in the process, and nearly lost his life at the Nurburgring in Germany in 1976 when his car caught fire.

He eventually recovered and returned to racing six weeks or two races later.

6-Michael Schumacher (25 years and 314 days)

Michael Schumacher, a seven-time champion, made his Formula One debut in 1991 while driving a Jordan.

 He won the title initially with Benetton in 1994 and 1995, then again from 2000 to 2004 with Scuderia Ferrari, before capping his career in 2012 with Mercedes.

The German driver was ranked as the best in that category on the official F1 website

Schumacher, who had a brain injury in a major skiing accident in 2013, is currently receiving home-based rehabilitation services.

5- Emmerson Fittipaldi (25 years and 303 days)

Two years after joining the British team, the Brazilian who is on the list of the youngest Formula One champions accomplished this accomplishment in 1972 while driving for Lotus.

Emerson Fittipaldi, who won two championships in 1974 while driving for McLaren, completed his Formula One career in 1980 while racing for Fittipaldi, the only Brazilian-based Formula One team ever.

Fittipaldi, however, failed to win in this outfit and came in second at the 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix.

4- Max Verstappen (24 years and 73 days)

By winning his first championship during the 2021 season, Max Verstappen, a Dutchman, has joined the list of Formula 1’s youngest champions.

He also holds additional age-related records. For instance, at the ages of 17 and 18, he is the youngest Formula 1 driver to have ever competed in and won a race.

The so-called Grand Chelem, in which a driver starts on the pole, sets the fastest lap, and wins the race by maintaining a lead throughout, is another of the most expressive achievements.

3- Fernando Alonso (24 years and 59 days)

Fernando Alonso Diáz, a Spaniard, was the third-youngest Formula 1 champion and won the championships in 2005 and 2006 with Renault.

He began his Formula One career in 2001 with Minardi and later drove for Ferrari and McLaren.

He served as Ferrari’s deputy world champion three times. The only driver of his country to have won a Grand Prix in the division is Alonso.

2- Lewis Hamilton (23 years and 300 days)

Hamilton made his Formula One debut in the 2007 campaign with McLaren, finishing the year in second place overall.

He beat Fernando Alonso’s previous record for the youngest Formula One champion in 2008, and for Mercedes, he won the title again in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

In terms of statistics, the driver is the best in British F1 history. He also holds several other records, including having won the most races, pole positions, and points among all drivers in the history of the sport.

1- Sebastian Vettel (23 years and 134 days)

In the 2010 season, when he won the championship for RBR, the number one youngest Formula 1 winner accomplished this accomplishment by surpassing Englishman Lewis Hamilton’s record.

The German driver started out with Sauber in 2007 before moving on to STR and Red Bull Racing, where he won four championships in a row between 2010 and 2013. He then switched to Ferrari in 2015.

 Vettel is one of the drivers with the most consecutive laps in the lead, the most points, and the most pole positions in a single season.

He is also the youngest driver to win the championship twice, three times, and four times.

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