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4 of the oldest drivers to enter an F1 race

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Gonzales Wins in 1950
Dev Tyagi
Modified 04 Jan 2019, 10:04 IST
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When we think of Formula 1, we think of daring drivers who not only bring a thrill to the sport but look the part of a young racing driver.

There's this exuberance about the sport and that on the part of the drivers- isn't it?

Whether one calls it the basic template of the sport, which is, like others, youth-centric and heck, why won't it, or puts it down to the fact that the younger you are, the better your abilities to garner impressive feats, there's been limited scope for older drivers.

Or could it be that there's also something in Formula 1 for older drivers?

Well, who can take a call for that?

Where the current grid is concerned, the oldest on the grid, Kimi Raikkonen, who'll be 40 in a few months time, set the fastest lap in the history of the sport. In so doing, he did kickstart a discussion once again, as seen last year, whether age has got something to do in taking one's knives out against older guys or those his age.

But that said, who are the oldest drivers in the sport? Let's look at 4 of the oldest drivers in F1 in terms of their Grand Prix debut?

#4 Arthur Legat

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A Belgian from Haine-Saint-Paul, Arthur Legat would only participate in two Grands Prix races and would leave Formula 1 after that.

But what was impressive about Legat was that he debuted at the age of 54- would you believe it- at the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix, his home race.

Even as he never scored any championship points, Arthur Legat impressed one and all back then for entering the challenging sphere of Grand Prix racing at that age, where most others simply recline back on a sofa and prefer sipping a few beers and why not?

Driving the Veritas Meteor, a post-second world war German race car company, Legat competed at the Belgian Grand Prix, which would be both- his debut race as also his final F1 appearance.

8 years after making his F1 debut, Arthur Legit passed away in 1960.

He was 61.

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Published 04 Jan 2019, 10:04 IST
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