Youngest Formula One World Champion
Sebastian Vettel
23/134 year(s):day(s)
United Arab Emirates ()
The youngest driver to win a Formula One World Championship is Sebastian Vettel (Germany, b. 3 July 1987) who won his first title on 14 November 2010, at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, United Arab Emirates, aged 23 years and 134 days. Going into the final race of the season, Vettel was one of four drivers still in contention. However, he was trailing Championship leader Fernando Alonso (Spain) by 15 points in the standings and needed to win the race and hope Alonso did not finish fourth or better. Driving for Red Bull, Vettel started in pole position and led throughout much of the race, but radio problems in the final few laps meant his team could not tell him where Alonso was placed. In the end it didn’t matter; Alonso finished seventh, leaving the victorious Vettel to take the F1 crown for the first time.