If you’re a fan of F1, here are some little-known facts you might enjoy.
The Average Age of an F1 Driver Is 26
The average age might only be 26 today, but the average age of drivers during the first ever F1 race in 1950 at Silverstone was 39. Not only that, but three of the drivers taking part were over 50. That’s hard to imagine today, given how youthful the sport has become!
Max Verstappen Holds Multiple Age-Related Records
Max Verstappen, born in 1997, became the youngest driver to compete in F1 when he was aged just 17 years and 166 days. He holds a number of records relating to his youth, including being the youngest F1 Grand Prix winner of all time. Verstappen, recently in the headlines for criticising Red Bull, is the son of Jos Verstappen, himself a former racing driver.
It’s Possible To Drive Too Slowly
Al Pease holds the dubious distinction of being the only driver ever to have been black-flagged for not driving fast enough. He was black-flagged and disqualified from the race at the Canadian Grand Prix back in 1969.
Fastest Ever Penalty
In 2006, at the Turkish Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel was caught speeding during practice in the pit lane right after exiting the garage. He was fined $1000 just nine seconds into his Formula 1 career as a result.
The Most Expensive Crash Took Place in 2004
To celebrate and promote the release of the blockbuster movie Ocean’s 12, two F1 cars were fitted out with an incredible £150,000 worth of diamonds at the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix. The cars, driven by Christian Klien and Mark Webber, were decked out in sparkling diamonds, attracting considerable media attention. Unfortunately, Klien crashed on lap one and his diamond-encrusted car wasn’t seen again.
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