Sebastian Vettel’s pole position for the Italian Grand Prix makes him the youngest driver ever to qualify first for a Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso was the previous holder of the record at 21 years and 236 days when he took pole position in the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix. Vettel is 21 years and 73 days old.
Vettel is already the youngest driver to score a point in an F1 race, which he did on his début at Indianapolis for BMW last year.
Before Alonso Rubens Barrichello was F1′s youngest pole sitter at 22 years 96 days, which he set at the 1994 Belgian Grand Prix. Conditions on that day were similar to those at Monza today, as Barrichello set an early quick time before the rain worsened, preventing faster drivers from beating him.
It is also the first time a Toro Rosso has started from pole position. The tea took over from Minardi at the end of 2005, who had also never started from pole position in 21 years in F1. Their best qualifying position was Pierluigi Martini’s second at Pheonix in 1990.
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