There was a time when it was not unusual to see the odd 50-year-old driver on the grand prix grid. A time when drivers in their late 30s or even 40s won world championships.
But today, any driver over 30 risks being perceived as having one foot in the retirement grave. This reflects the trend across many sports of top-level athletes getting younger.
The Formula 1 grid has, quite literally, never been younger than during the 2014 season, with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix the only race in F1's history that has featured an average age of starters below the 27 mark.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.