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  • Writer's pictureMartijn Bäumer

The oldest Formula 1 Champion ever


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Max Verstappen became this weekend a three-time World Champion. Though he became never the youngest World Champion ever. That was Sebastian Vettel in 2010! But who was the oldest Formula 1 Champion ever?


Let's have a look at the top three. In third place you will find Jack Brabham. He was in 1966 40 years and 155 days old. In second you will find Giuseppe Farina who became World Champion in 1950 at the age of 43 years and 308 days. It was the first official year of Formula 1. In first place you will find Juan Manuel Fangio. In 1957 he became World Champion at the age of 46 years and 41 days old.


Just out of the top 5 there are two drivers who you possibly know. Nigel Mansell became World Champion in 1992 when he was 39 years and 8 days old. A year later followed by Alain Prost who won his fourth title when he was 38 years and 214 days.


What does this learn us? When Formula 1 started in the 50's some drivers where more older when they became World Champion. Those ages are a little bit lower these days but if you think that Lewis Hamilton became World Champion in 2020 when he was 35 years and 313 days than you know age does not count :)

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