2008 Italian GP facts and stats

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Alonso became the youngest winner in Hungary in 2003 - Vettel broke his record
Alonso became the youngest winner in Hungary in 2003 - Vettel broke his record

Sebastien Vettel broke a couple of Fernando Alonso’s records for being the youngest driver to win a race and start from pole position.

The Italian Grand Prix also saw the youngest ever podium and one of Michael Schumacher’s records was equalled as well. See the stats and facts round-up in full below.

Record-breaking Vettel

Sebastian Vettel was in record-smashing form over the weekend as covered in these two articles:

That makes Vettel F1’s youngest points scorer, pole sitter and race winner. He’s also the 101st Grand Prix winner.

Five youngest F1 race winners

1. Sebastian Vettel, 21 years, two months and 11 days – 2008 Italian Grand Prix
2. Fernando Alonso, 22 years and 26 days – 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix
3. Troy Ruttman, 22 years, two months, 19 days -1952 Indianapolis 500
4. Bruce McLaren, 22 years, three months, 12 days – 1959 United States Grand Prix
5. Lewis Hamilton, 22 years, five months, three days – 2007 Canadian Grand Prix

Alongside Vettel on the podium were Heikki Kovalainen and Robert Kubica – the two other drivers to have scored their first wins this year. The podium is the youngest ever, with the drivers having an average age of 23 years, 11 months and 16 days. They have only 96 Grand Prix starts between them.

It beats the lowest mark set four races ago in Germany. Emphasising the youth of the F1 grid, there Germany podium featured a different trio: Lewis Hamilton, Nelson Piquet Jnr and Felipe Massa, with an average age of 24 years, seven months and one day.

Toro Rosso scored their first ever Grand Prix win in the 49th race started by one of their cars. It was the 209th win for a car powered by a Ferrari engine – but the first time that engine was not in a Ferrari chassis.

Toro Rosso was formed from Minardi in 2006, the Italian team which started 340 Grands Prix without a win, podium or pole position, all of which Toro Rosso achieved for the first time this weekend.

More facts and stats from Italy

Robert Kubica were a special helmet to commemorate his first F1 podium, which he scored at Monza two years ago. He repeated that result in this race, finishing third. Kubica spent much of his junior racing career in Italy.

Lewis Hamilton recorded his worst starting position in F1 with 15th.

Nick Heidfeld finished his 24th consecutive race. His finishing streak, which stretches back to the 2007 French Grand Prix, matches the longest ever seen in F1. Michael Schumacher completed 24 races in a row from the 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix to the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix. Can Heidfeld break Schumacher’s record at Singapore?

Kimi Raikkonen added another fastest lap to his tally, giving him 34. Seven more will give him as many as Alain Prost, who is second on the list of most fastest laps, behind Michael Schumacher.

There have been six different winners this year. The last time a season saw more different winners was 2003, when Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Giancarlo Fisichella and David Coulthard all won races. The 1982 season had the largest number of different winners – 11 (thanks to Roswelite for that stat!)

Over to you: How many starts has Williams made?

Williams made their 500th Grand Prix appearance, apparently. In other places I’ve seen them quoted as having 513 and 525 starts. What’s the real figure? Should the starts Frank Williams’ team prior to the creation of Williams Grand prix Engineering Ltd be counted? What about races like Indianapolis 2005?

Anyway, congratulations to them, although they didn’t have much to celebrate in the Italian Grand Prix. See this post from Ollie on their milestone race for more Williams stats.

Also, when was the last time a season saw two different teams score their first Grand Prix win?