Last week's AUTOSPORT magazine contained a remarkable sidebox to the main story. A group of world champions were ranked in order of victories at the age of 24 years, five months and five days (Sebastian Vettel's age as of last Thursday), with each frame further listing grand prix starts, poles and titles won.
Vettel obviously came out on top in all categories, with Jim Clark, for example, having made just four grand prix appearances at that age, each of which had delivered no pole position or wins. By extension, the Scot had no title to his name either.
Just one 1950s champion (Mike Hawthorn) had started a grand prix at that age, while only Clark represented the '60s. By contrast, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Vettel all made their debuts in the noughties before they were 24. Spot the trend?
The message is clear: F1 stars are getting younger, almost by the season.