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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40 comments on Sebastian Vettel is youngest F1 winner

  1. @ 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Keith, could you tell when it happened last when there were 3 new winners in a same season.?
    Also 6 winners this season; 2003 had 7. Which other years had more race winners?

  7. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th September 2008, 16:00

    Sumedh – I’ll take a look for tomorrow’s stats round-up, thanks for the suggestion.

  8. Paige,

    yaa.. the german-italian combo reminded of schumi sooo much..
    I think Baby schumi has arrived.. Vettel has lived up to all his pre-season hype. Brilliantly groomed by Gerhard Begrer and Red Bull; He deserves this win fully. Unlike Kubika’s and Heikki’s wins.. this was not pure luck..

  9. Vettel made something atonishing.

    Even Schumacher didn´t have the luck to made something like this. This presentation is the only that might remember to that one of Senna at Monaco with Tolemann.

  10. Robert McKay said on 14th September 2008, 16:11

    “Unlike Kubika’s and Heikki’s wins.. this was not pure luck..”

    Yes, there’s the key thing. This wasn’t a race where Vettel started, say, 11th, and lucked in with SC’s and accidents and the Hamiltons and Raikkonens etc. screwing up in front of him. Vettel dominated this race from start to finish. We were slightly robbed perhaps of seeing him go toe to toe with Hamilton had the inters not come into play, which would have been great to see, but this was indeed a thoroughly deserved victory.

  11. Hammer time said on 14th September 2008, 16:14

    I cannot believe it, i am so happy, i had to endure czech ‘NOVA’ television coverage as i’m on vacation and they are even worse than ITV. Vettel won, baby schumacher!!! i am so happy, such a contrast to the debacle that was the spa result…

  12. wow, vettel fantastic, dominated all weekend, can’t feel enough joy for him and the team. awesome result.

    hamilton was really turning it up there – if they didn’t chose the wrong tires in the pit stop it would have been a lot better…

    interesting that massa gave back the position on a perfectly legitimate overtaking manovure. it was the same racing line over the corners that hamilton took all weekend…

    hamilton took a few dodgy corners, really pushing the limits of the rules and tempting the FIA, dont see why he has to do it.

  13. Bravo Vettel. Victory of a champion!

  14. @ Sumedh
    > … when it happened last when there were 3 new winners in a same season?
    Not to spoil Keiths party, but it was 2003, with Räikkönen, Fisichella and Alonso.

  15. theRoswellite said on 14th September 2008, 16:44

    Sumedth & Keith:

    1982 is still tops in the multiple winnings category.

    11 different winners: (in the order they first won)
    Prost (1), South Africa
    Piquet (2) Brazil, Montreal
    Lauda, (2) Long Beach, Brands Hatch
    Pironi, (2) Imola, Zandvort
    Watson, (2) Zolder, Detroit
    Patrese, (1) Monaco
    Arnoux, (2) Paul Ricard, Monza
    Tambay, (1) Hockenheim
    de Angelis, (1) Osterreichring
    Rosberg, (1) Dijon (Swiss)
    Alboreto, (1)Caesars Palace

    Strangely, Rosberg wins the championship with only one win, and the loss of Villeneuve at Zolder dominated the emotional landscape for years.
    (sorry about any miss-spellings…this is off the top of my head…the list has been taped to a wall for months as a kind of memory exercise, and I just recently threw it away. Hope these are close…..things are a little slow where I live)

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