Everytime cars race in different tracks around the year, a new record is being made. Not just new, many more records are clocked in and the list goes endless. Some records are broken in the next race, some records in the next month and some races in the next year. There are records that get untouched year after year and interestingly they’ll remain unbroken for the rest of the life. There are some records that are not only tough to break but imagining a situation to break those records seems very unlikely.
In today’s episode we’ll see some records that are mostly impossible to touch, breaking comes later. So, what are we waiting for? It’s lights out and away we go.
#10. Winning Atleast One Race Every Year
Starting with record number 10, we have atleast one win per year. Lewis Hamilton is the holder of this incredible record. The Briton has won atleast once in every year he raced in Formula 1. After making his debut in 2007 and still going strong in 2021, there wasn’t a single year he missed out on winning a race. The Englishman is so close to winning 100 F1 races and holds this incredible record. If now someone wants to break this record then Lewis Hamilton will have to retire next season and someone will have to debut next season and will have to win 13 races in 13 upcoming seasons. Given how tough the sport has become lately with strict rules and regulations, it’s highly unlikely that one will easily break this record. Not just joining the F1 would do, but joining a team capable of winning races will be required.
#9. Different Race Winners in Different Races
Next in the line up we have different winners at different races. 2012 F1 season is known for it’s incredible start. A start that has not yet been repeated and is highly unlikely to be done so. Atleast not anytime soon. Formula 1 is repeatedly criticised for being a dominant sport and that has been the seen most of the years lately. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton has dominated the sport like never before and there were few other names like Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen on the sheet. But in 2012, the scenario was entirely different from this. The first 7 races saw 7 different winners and this is one hell of a record and is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
#8. Formula 1 Title With the Least Number of Wins
In at eighth place we have the title wins with the least number wins. Winning a Formula 1 driver’s Championship needs in and around 10 wins coming in 2021. How about winning 1 race and then boom you’re the championship winner? Well this is what happened in 1958 and 1982 with Mike Hawthorn and Keke Rosberg respectively. They just won a race and they were the championship winner. This record is no more possible to break as the number of races all around the year and points system has changed way too much.
#7. Formula 1’s Youngest Point Scorer
Up ahead in at seventh place we have F1’s youngest point scorer. Max Verstappen, the young Dutch prodigy is the holder of three unique almost unbreakable F1 records after making his debut at just 17 years of age. The Red Bull racer has became F1’s youngest points scorer when he finished in P7 in his second race at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix at the age of 17 years and 180 days. This record will be impossible to break unless the FIA decides to reduce their minimum age requirement below 18 for a super license some day in the future which seems highly improbable and unlikely.
#6. Win from the Furthest Grid Place
At sixth place we have the record for the win from the furthest grid place. Formula 1 is often called an uneven and unfair sport as the teams with more money has better cars and hence better results. The drivers who qualify on the first part of the grid mostly wins races and it is very unlikely that anyone who is in P20 on the Grid will be winning the race. But this isn’t even the case of P20, but P22. In 1983 John Watson came the closest when he won the US GP after having started the race in 22nd place. Replicating or beating this record in modern times would be impossible as F1 isn’t exactly known for overtaking opportunities much. Moreover the current scenario stands as the grid only has 20 cars with no clear signs that will be increasing anytime soon.
#5. Highest Percentage Wins
Up next in the line we have the record of highest percentage wins. Imagine winning half of the races you take part in. How often do we see a sportsman winning almost 50% of the events he/she took part in? Well there is one man close to this in F1. Juan Manual Fangio is the holder of some really unique records but one that will be the most difficult to break would be the percentage of races he won out of all the races he entered. The Speedster Fangio managed to win 46.15% races he participated in. He did this in the 50s and no one has been able to even come close in the more than 60 years since. Lewis Hamilton is the one to have come closest from the modern era and even he has only managed to win around 35% of the races he has participated in. If Lewis is to catch Fangio, the Briton will have to win the next 60 matches without losing any single race. Pretty incredible.
#4. Formula 1’s Oldest Driver to Start a Race
Up next we have the record for starting a race at the oldest. Monegasque driver Louis Chiron
holds the record of starting a race at 55 years and 292 days. Chiron achieved this in 1955 and it is very unlikely that this record would ever be broken given how F1 has changed since the 50s. Anyone driving an F1 car after the age of 50 on competitive level is next to impossible and will most likely to be unbroken. For instance, Kimi Raikkonen is currently the oldest driver on the F1 grid at 40 years but he would have to race for another 15 years to even come close breaking the record.
#3. Formula 1’s Youngest Driver To Start a Race
In at Podium place we have the starter of a race at youngest. This record too belong to Dutchman Max Verstappen. The Dutch prodigy made his debut at just 17 years at that helped him set all these incredible records. He set this record in his debut race in Australia in 2015 when he was only 17 years and 166 days old. This record will be impossible to break under the current FIA rules as the minimum age requirement for a Super license is now 18 years.
#2. Formula 1’s Oldest winner
In the runner’s up place we have F1’s Oldest winner. And what an interesting one. Perhaps this is the record that would be least likely to be broken. Luigi Fagioli has remained the oldest F1 driver to win a race since 1951 when he won the French Grand Prix at the ripe old age of 53 years and 22 days. This record will be the toughest to break and most likely to have never been broken. Imagining someone driving a current F1 car at their 50s and winning the race is next to impossible given how fast the car is and how tough the competition is. These days it is rare to see anyone continue racing in F1 in their 40s and rarer still to see them racing for a team that has the capability to win races as see in case of Kimi Raikkonen’s move to Alfa Romeo from such a position even before he turned 40.
#1. Formula 1’s Youngest Winner
And now the time for the final record of F1’s youngest winner. And unsurprisingly it’s Max Verstappen again who’s the holder of this record. He won his first race when he was just 18 years and 228 days old at the 2016 Spanish GP. The feat will be very difficult to beat under the current regulations as the drivers now have to be at least 18 years old to even be able to enter an F1 race. That means that this record can only be broken by someone during their debut year and the chances of an 18-year old getting to drive with one of the top teams that’s there on the list. This seems very very unlikely as no top teams will take the risk to sign an amateur and hence no chances of this record being broken, ever again.
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