In 2014, there is a very real chance a record will be broken in Formula One with the expected arrival of Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin at Sauber.
Sirotkin will be 18 years and six months old if, as reported by Autosport, he lines up on the Australian Grand Prix grid with the Swiss team—a result of the team's new Russian investment deal.
Current Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg has raised his own reservations about an 18-year-old in F1, as per quotes picked up by PlanetF1, and the announcement has split fans' opinions.
Is it a risk? Certainly. But that's not to say that young starters are always a failure. In this rundown of the 10 youngest drivers to start a Grand Prix, there are three world champions, drivers who should have won races in F1 and drivers who went on to win elsewhere.
There are also drivers whose F1 careers were not given the chance to breathe and drivers who were not good enough to give their careers traction. So without further adieu, here are the 10 youngest drivers to grace a Formula One grid.