Exploring the F1 records that might forever stand the test of time: The shortest career was only 800 metres

A driver in Formula One loves breaking records.

With a long history, Formula 1 is perhaps the most interesting motorsport of them all. Since 1950, drivers have competed in world championship motor racing, and they have accomplished some amazing feats.
The major Formula 1 landmarks are listed here.

Red Bull Racing – 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix was the fastest pit stop.
1.82 seconds was the record.
In Interlagos, Brazil, it took the Aston Martin Red Bull crew 1.82 seconds to swap out Max Verstappen’s RB15’s four tires. Red Bull Racing held the previous record with 1.88 seconds. Brazil lifted the bar for other teams once again.
One of Red Bull Racing’s talents is incredible pit stops. The team not only broke speed records for each of the five pit stops in 2019 but also practically took off and completed a pit stop hundreds of meters above the surface of the planet in zero gravity.

The greatest number of starts: Alonso Fernando
358 races are on record.
Fernando Alonso has participated in more Formula 1 races than anybody else. In the 2022 season, the Spanish F1 world champion from 2005 and 2006 overcame Kimi Raikkonen. Alonso has participated in 358 Formula 1 races to date, compared to Iceman Raikkonen’s 353 events before to his retirement.


The Iceman began the 2002 season with David Coulthard at McLaren after making the transition. DC is now even taking against Red Bull Air Race World Champion Martin Šonka on the occasion of Red Bull Racing Road Trips.

Record speed: More than 370 km/h
Record speed: 372.5 km/h.
Formula 1 is renowned for its incredible speed. Finns also hold the record for the fastest driving speed ever recorded:
Valtteri Bottas had a peak speed of 372.5 km/h at the Mexican Grand Prix, however the FIA even reported an unofficial top speed of 373.3 km/h. Thus, he becomes the first Formula One driver to reach 370 km/h in a Grand Prix.


Juan Pablo Montoya, who was recorded at 372.6 km/h during the 2005 season during test driving in Monza, Italy, is now the unofficial leader.

2006 Turkish GP’s Sebastian Vettel had the fastest penalty.
Six seconds set a record.
From youngest world champion to most consecutive victories, Sebastian Vettel has shattered almost every F1 record. However, he probably doesn’t want to discuss one particular record. At the Turkish Grand Prix in 2006, Vettel made his Formula 1 debut by driving out of the garage and accelerating in the pits. He was penalized for it in the opening six seconds of his Formula One career.


The masterminds behind our achievements: In the movie “Unfiltered: Horner and Newey,” you can see how Christian Horner and Adrian Newey elevated Red Bull’s Formula 1 team to the top.

Max Verstappen, the youngest winner of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix
18 years and 227 days old is the record.
In Australia, during his Formula One (F1) debut with Toro Rosso, Max Verstappen smashed his first record. He was the youngest driver to achieve it, having just turned 17 years and 166 days old. Not only that, but he also became the youngest pilot to ever gain points at a Grand Prix in Malaysia during his subsequent race.


After 24 races, Max made his Formula 1 racing debut with Red Bull Racing in the Spanish Grand Prix. To commemorate the occasion, he broke three additional records: he became the first Dutch F1 winner, the youngest winner in Formula 1 history, and the youngest driver to lead a Grand Prix ever.

The two youngest and oldest
Max Verstappen set a new point record as the youngest Formula One pilot in 2015 when he finished seventh in the Malaysian Grand Prix, making him 17 years and 180 days old.
At the 1950 Italian Grand Prix, Frenchman Philippe Étancelin—who was 53 years and 259 days old—became the oldest driver to finish in the points.


Verstappen set a record at the age of 17 years and 166 days when he made his Formula One debut. Louis Chiron of Monaco is the oldest Grand Prix competitor in Formula 1 history, having reached the age of 55 years and 292 days.

European GP in 1997 had the smallest qualifying gap.
The record was 0.000 seconds separating the top three positions.
When Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve began the 1997 championship match at Jerez with only a single point separating them, it was already a tight race. It was made much more intriguing by a peculiar qualifying match.


Villeneuve first took the lead in the lap time, finishing in 1 minute, 21.072 seconds. Schumacher completed in exactly the same time a few minutes later. But it wasn’t all! Then, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Villeneuve’s teammate, finished the race in the same amount of time as the other two! To the closest millisecond, three vehicles had three identical lap timings.

2003 Italian GP was the fastest race.
The record was 247.585 km/h on average.
It should come as no surprise that Monza hosted the fastest-ever Formula 1 race. The Italian Grand Prix was won by Michael Schumacher in 2003 in a record-breaking 1 hour, 14 minutes, and 19.838 seconds, with an average speed of 247.585 km/h. There were no red flags throughout the race.

1971 Italian GP had the smallest lead.
Record: There was just a 0.09-second gap between the top three.
In Formula 1 racing, the finish line has seen many amazing moments. Nothing, however, comes close to the Italian Grand Prix of 1971, when five cars finished in a slipstream.


With only 0.01 seconds between him and Ronnie Peterson, Peter Gethin was victorious. The lead was within 0.09 seconds of being taken by François Cevert. The closest finish in Formula One history was achieved by Howden Ganley, who finished 0.61 seconds behind the victor, and Mike Hailwood, who was just 0.18 seconds back.

1993 Italian GP’s Marco Apicella had the shortest career.
800 meters was the record.
While several Formula 1 drivers have only participated in one Grand Prix, none have ever performed as poorly as Marco Apicella did in the Italian Grand Prix in 1993.


Eddie Jordan, the owner of a defunct racing team, was so pleased with the Italian driver that he offered him a once-in-a-lifetime chance to represent the Jordan Team in Italy. However, Apicella’s Formula 1 career came to an abrupt end in a matter of seconds after a multi-car collision at the first curve on the first lap.

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