Listing down the youngest drivers to achieve the landmark of 50 podiums in Formula 1, as Max Verstappen breaks the record by quite a margin in Austria, 2021.
Max Verstappen won the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix comfortably to extend his lead over arch-rival and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton. In doing so, the Red Bull star achieved the landmark of 50 podiums in the category.
Verstappen has now joined an exclusive club of 17 drivers who have achieved this milestone. Remarkably, he is the fastest to 50, breaking the record of a former world champion. Here’s the list of the legends the Dutchman has joined with his achievement of 23 years, 277 days.
Youngest Drivers to 50 F1 podiums (after Max Verstappen)
#2 Sebastian Vettel (25 years, 327 days)
The four-time world champion with Red Bull has 53 wins and 122 podiums to his name, in a mammoth career continuing till date. He currently plies his trade for Aston Martin, where he would be looking to add a couple more podiums at least before he takes a permanent ‘sebbatical’ from the sport.
#3 Fernando Alonso (27 years, 61 days)
One of the finest racers ever in F1, the two-time world champion with Renault has 32 wins and 97 podiums in a stellar career. After taking a break from the sport, he returned with his former team this season, and would no doubt be itching to complete a century of podiums before he retires for good.
#4 Lewis Hamilton (28 years, 76 days)
The seven-time world champion has most records to his name, including most wins and most podiums. But he has missed on getting to 50 podiums quicker than Max Verstappen by quite a margin. Currently trailing the Dutchman in the drivers’ standings, he would want to grab another title this season and break the most special record of all.
#5 Michael Schumacher (28 years, 163 days)
The record Hamilton will break is of course shared with Michael Schumacher. The iconic driver won his world titles with Benetton and Ferrari, making it to the podium a whopping 155 times.