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#1 Baddoer

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 14:48

2012 was last season where we saw drivers who started F1 carreer back in 90s. MSC is retired and certainly we won't see DLR in 2013 because HRT is vaporised.

Edited by Baddoer, 03 December 2012 - 14:49.


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#2 SpaceHorseParty

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 14:52

So that would make Button the most experienced driver on the grid.

Also, Webber is now the oldest driver. There are just two drivers born in the 1970s now — him and Kimi.

Edited by SpaceHorseParty, 03 December 2012 - 14:53.


#3 Atreiu

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 14:52

To me it felt the 90s were over when Hakkinen left.
Somewhere Schumi became more a pilot of the 2000s than 90s. I guess it was because of his dozens of wins and all.

Edited by Atreiu, 03 December 2012 - 14:54.


#4 sock22

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 15:45

By comparison, 2002 was the first season not to have any drivers who raced in the 1980s. Alesi was the last one to leave. So we have lasted a year longer this time around.

#5 bonneville

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 16:44

Let's list the confirmed 2013 drivers by age and earliest race, earliest presence (incl. Friday test drive).

Sebastian Vettel, born 3 July 1987
first race 2007 US GP at Indianapolis (Sauber-BMW), first presence 2006 Turkish GP at Istanbul (Sauber-BMW, Friday test driver).

Mark Webber, born 27 August 1976
first race and first presence 2002 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Minardi-Asiatech).

Fernando Alonso, born 21 July 1981
first race and first presence 2001 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Minardi-Cosworth).

Felipe Massa, born 25 April 1981
first race and first presence 2002 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Sauber-Petronas).

Jenson Button, born 19 January 1980
first race and first presence 2000 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Williams-BMW).

Sergio Perez, born 26 January 1990
first race and first presence 2011 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Sauber-Ferrari).

Kimi Raikkonen, born 17 October 1979
first race and first presence 2001 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Sauber-Petronas).

Nico Rosberg, born 27 June 1985
first race and first presence 2006 Bahrain GP at Sakhir (Williams-Cosworth).

Lewis Hamilton, born 7 January 1985
first race and first presence 2007 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (McLaren-Mercedes).

Pastor Maldonado, born March 9, 1985
first race and first presence 2011 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Williams-Cosworth).

Valtteri Bottas, born 28 August 1989
first race 2013 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Williams-Renault), first presence 2012 Malaysian GP at Sepang (Williams-Renault).

Charles Pic, born 15 February 1990
first race and first presence 2012 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Marussia-Cosworth).

Paul Di Resta, born 16 April 1986
first race 2011 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Force India-Mercedes), first presence 2010 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Force India-Mercedes).

Timo Glock, born 18 March 1982
first race 2004 Canadian GP at Montreal (Jordan-Ford), first presence 2004 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Jordan-Ford).

Esteban Gutierrez, born 5 August 1991
first race 2013 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (Sauber-Ferrari), first presence 2012 US GP at Austin (Sauber-Ferrari).

Nico Hulkenberg, born 19 August 1987, first race and first presence, 2010 Bahrain GP at Sakhir (Williams-Cosworth).

Daniel Ricciardo, born 1 July 1989
first race 2011 British GP at Silverstone (HRT-Cosworth), first presence 2011 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (STR-Ferrari).

Jean-Eric Vergne, born 25 April 1990
first race 2012 Australian GP at Melbourne Albert Park (STR-Ferrari), first presence 2011 Korean GP at Yeongam (STR-Ferrari).

Five oldest drivers:
Webber (b. 1976)
Raikkonen (b. 1979)
Button (b. 1980)
Massa (b. 1981)
Alonso (b. 1981)

Five earliest races:
Button (2000 OZ GP)
Raikkonen and Alonso (2001 OZ GP)
Webber and Massa (2002 OZ GP)

Born in the nineties:
Perez, Pic, Vergne (b. 1990)
Gutierrez (b. 1991)

Edited by bonneville, 03 December 2012 - 16:47.


#6 SpaceHorseParty

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 17:22

Last 1950s driver to race: Graham Hill (Monaco 1975; last start in Brazil 1975)
Last 1960s driver to race: Mario Andretti (Las Vegas 1982)
Last 1970s driver to race: Riccardo Patrese (Australia 1993)
Last 1980s driver to race: Jean Alesi (Japan 2001)
Last 1990s drivers to race: Michael Schumacher and Pedro de la Rosa (Brazil 2012)