Grand Chelem at 23, never anyone like Verstappen |  FormulaPassion.it

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Pole position, victory, fastest lap and race always led in the lead. The maximum domination that a driver can exercise in a Formula 1 weekend. In jargon it is called Grand Chelem and it is one of the very few statistics in the history of this sport that has not been particularly ‘affected’ by the passing of the years. It is no coincidence that the all-time record holder in this particular ranking is still the legendary Jim Clark, which scored eight Grand Chelems between 1962 and 1965. Hamilton, despite the era of Mercedes domination, is still ‘stuck’ at six. Equal thirds are Ascari and Michael Schumacher, with five.

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In Austria to this illustrious company, of which they barely belong 25 pilots (the world champions in history have been 33, to give an idea), it was also added Max Verstappen. The second race in two weeks at the Red Bull Ring was in fact literally dominated by the Dutch driver, who in this way set yet another earliest career record. In fact, no one had ever obtained such a young Grand Chelem. Verstappen succeeded in doing so 23 years and 277 days.

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The previous record belonged to another champion who grew up at the Red Bull school, Sebastian Vettel. The German had established it in 2011, in India, 119 days after his 24th birthday. Senna and Schumacher had succeeded for the first time at 25, while Hamilton got his first Grand Chelem ‘solo’ in 2014, at the age of 29. For him that was the eighth season in F1. Also in this case Verstappen did better, ‘unlocking’ this box in the seventh year of his career in the Circus.