Sebastian Vettel is youngest F1 winner

Sebastian Vettel crosses the bridge to the podium at Monza after winning

Sebastian Vettel crosses the bridge to the podium at Monza after winning

Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver to take pole position for a Grand Prix yesterday and today he became the youngest ever Grand Prix winner.

Vettel won the Italian Grand Prix with a stunning drive in a race that saw the full spectrum of weather conditions. At 21 years and 74 days ago he beats the previous record of 22 years and 26 days set by Fernando Alonso in the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel also scored the first victory for Toro Rosso, the team formed by Red Bull in 2006, though the Red Bull team is yet to win a race itself. Toro Rosso never won a race or achieved a podium finish in its former guide, Minardi.

Vettel is the first German driver to win a Grand Prix since Michael Schumacher. Afterwards Vettel said: “This is the best day of my life.”

Vettel is the 101st driver to win a Grand Prix, and joins Robert Kubica (99) and Heikki Kovalainen (100) as this year’s maiden winners. Appropriately, Kovalainen finished second and Kubica was third, so the newest winners filled the podium.

Sebastian Vettel biography

Read more about the first 100 F1 race winners: 100 F1 race winners (11-part series)

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41 comments on Sebastian Vettel is youngest F1 winner

  1. Most hearty congratulations to Vettel! Fantastic race overall.

  2. Eric M. said on 14th September 2008, 14:49

    What an amazing race! Brilliant drive by Vettal!

  3. Eric M. said on 14th September 2008, 14:52

    Bah! I meant “Vettel”

  4. well done. well deserved.

  5. Brilliant drive by Vettel, excellent guidance by the team throughout the race, perfect call on the 2nd stop, well-deserved.

    Go Minardi!

    By the way, this race shows that customer cars work. I wonder if the FIA will review the issue. But that’s off-topic for now.

  6. Amazing race from Vettel ( i couldn’t stop but thinking about the 2nd place from Senna in Monaco with the Toleman in 1984).
    Congrats Vettel!

  7. Congratulations Vettel. You made my day making the Germany anthem and italian afterwards, nice memories… New Schumacher? Indeed ;)

  8. beneboy said on 14th September 2008, 15:04

    A great drive and a fully deserved win for Vettel.

    It’s always nice to see a maiden victory and in Vettel we’ve got a talented driver who enjoys racing & even likes talking to the press.

  9. Didn’t the combination of the German and Italian national anthems sound a bit familiar? I’m thinking it’s not going to be the last time we hear it in Sebastian Vettel’s career.

    Great drive by him today. Brilliant call by Toro Rosso for the weekend to bring a higher downforce package in anticipation of rain. Just a tremendous effort in total by that team this weekend. They’ve got plenty of talent on the team, for sure, and I’m sure they’ll have no problem with finances going forward. Me thinks it won’t be long until they are constructing their own chassis and aerodynamic package, and perhaps they could be a candidate to enter into partnership with a manufacturer.

    Anyone think Vettel is having second thoughts about going to the other team next season? STR has surely outperformed Red Bull over the last three races, and even four of the last five if you count Hockenheim. They’ve really stepped up their program.

    • Next time German and Italian national anthems are played on March 29th, 2015. Malaysian GP, Vettel wins for Ferrari.

  10. Great Race by Vettel .
    Interesting statics:
    The youngest winner ever, Vettel
    The youngest podium couple ever
    All three at the podium today have won their first race this year

  11. beneboy said on 14th September 2008, 15:09

    I’ve been wondering if Red Bull may try to get some Ferrari engines for their cars next year.
    Don’t know what the contractual situation is with Renault but it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen contracts thrown away in F1.

  12. R Shcherban said on 14th September 2008, 15:09

    Great race for Vettel and Toro Rosso!

  13. beneboy said on 14th September 2008, 15:10

    Good call Kilwa,
    There’s been quite a lot of winners this season too.

  14. Vettel is certainly one of the best drivers in Formula 1. Brilliant drive by him.

  15. That was absolutely stunning. Seb V didn’t put a foot wrong all race, and I just feel so sorry for Seb B. Having seen his inverview after the Spa race just before the start of this race, I felt so sorry for the guy, and he’s trying his hardest.

    He was setting some great times and you have to wonder if it could have been 2 Toro Rossos on the podium if his car hadn’t have stalled. I hope the team keep him on for ’09.

    The podium was great too, F1’s 3 newest race winners, all with their first (and only) wins this year. A nod to the future I feel.

  16. @ Kilwa
    > The youngest podium couple ever
    That was my thought as well. Great stuff! These are the boys of whom we’ll see much more the coming decade, I believe.

  17. O, and the first time an Italian team other than Ferrari win a Grand Prix since Benetton in 1997… which was in fact with Gerhard Berger!

  18. Now Vettel must have washed away any dark memory remaining about Fuji 2007. He deserved the win, drove a masterful race and proved wrong the few people (me included) that still didn’t believe he is WDC material…

  19. Very good drive by Vettel today and a well-deserved win- I know I join many of you in saying that we will see him back on the top of the podium many times in the years ahead. In my view, perhaps the best attribute Vettel showed in the whole thing actually came after the race- I think he gave the best post-race interview of any driver who has been on the podium this season.

  20. An absolutely amazing drive from Vettel. He didn’t luck into the victory by chance or attration, but by merit alone. In my opinion, the drive of the season.

    With these performances, STR should do okay when Red Bull finally sells the team – especially now that their contract for Ferrari engines has been extended.

    Such a shame to see Boudrais stall the car, with his pace today, he could have been on the podium as well, possibly even a second place. He has certainly earned his place in the team next year, and he deserved more from this race.

    I have a feeling that we haven’t seen the last from STR yet, with a possibly wet Singapore, Shanghai and Fuji coming up, more surprise result from the little Italian team could come.

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