In 2008 on the last lap of the last race of the season, Lewis Hamilton became the youngest ever Formula 1 champion. He held on to that record until Sebastian Vettel broke it in 2010 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
And it has since emerged that Vettel is “very interested” (read: obsessed) in breaking records and re-writing F1 history books. He broke several more in 2011 including the following:
- Youngest ever double World Champion (a record previously held by Alonso)
- Most poles in one season
- Most starts from front row in a season
- Highest average points per race entered
- Most championship points in a season
- Most wins from pole position in a season (equal with Nigel Mansell’s 9)
- Youngest Pole, Win, Fastest lap, and led every lap
- Most laps led in a season
So given the number of records he has already broken, how many more are up for grabs in 2012?
- Most fastest laps (DHL Award)
- Youngest 3 time WDC (a record currently held by Ayrton Senna)
- Fastest lap and First winner of Austin Grand Prix (new track)
- Most poles in one season as a % of races entered (Nigel Mansell’s record is 87.5%)
Data/Records from Wikipedia, Telegragh and Formula1.com