As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the youngest driver to win a Formula 1 race is Max Verstappen. Verstappen, born on September 30, 1997, in Belgium, achieved this remarkable feat on May 15, 2016, at the Spanish Grand Prix.
At the age of 18 years and 228 days, Verstappen secured his first Formula 1 victory while driving for the Red Bull Racing team. It was only his 24th race in the sport, making his achievement even more extraordinary.
The Spanish Grand Prix in 2016 was a race filled with drama and incident. Verstappen took advantage of a first-lap collision between Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to move up the field. With a mature and composed drive, he managed the race, holding off challenges from multiple world champions, including Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel, to cross the finish line in first place.
Verstappen's victory not only made him the youngest race winner in Formula 1 history but also broke the record previously held by Sebastian Vettel, who had won his first race at the age of 21 years and 74 days in 2008.
This historic win propelled Verstappen into the global spotlight and showcased his exceptional talent, composure, and ability to handle high-pressure situations. It marked the beginning of what has become a highly successful career for the young Dutch driver, who has continued to impress with his speed, overtaking skills, and competitive spirit.
It's important to note that records can be broken as new talents emerge and circumstances change. However, as of my knowledge cutoff, Max Verstappen remains the youngest driver to have won a Formula 1 race, leaving an indelible mark in the sport's history.
At the tender age of 19, Max Verstappen by passed eight cars in the opening lap of the Chinese Grand Prix. Just insanity. pic.twitter.com/VO587fgtBA— Lis (@rbrblis) July 13, 2023