Sebastian Vettel

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1. Born July 3, 1987 in regional West Germany, Seb's first taste of motorsport came courtesy of go-karts, and at age eight he began racing karts seriously.

2. Having dominated the European karting scene in the space of just three years, Seb won acceptance into the burgeoning Red Bull Junior Team as a prodigy aged just 11, though he'd continue to race go-karts.

3. In 2003, now 16 years old, Seb was finally of age for a promotion and debuted in Formula BMW where we went on to win 18 of 20 races and win the championship in his rookie season.

4. Come 2005 and as rookie of the year in the Formula 3 Euro series, sporting Red Bull livery, Seb won a test with BMW Sauber.

5. By 2006 and now contesting both the Formula 3 and Renault 3.5 series, the German had done enough to earn a permanent position as Sauber's test and reserve driver to set the quickest times in free practice at the Turkey Grand Prix.

6. Mid-season 2007, he was called up to the big leagues to make his debut in place of the injured Robert Kubica in the U.S. Grand Prix where he finished eighth and was eventually released back to Red Bull to join Toro Rosso as a full-time driver.

7. It was in his first season with Toro Rosso where Seb's true potential was made abundantly clear, the teenager scoring the team's two best results ahead of veteran teammate Sebastien Bourdais before spoiling a certain podium finish by running into future team-mate Mark Webber under safety car.

8. In 2008, after a rough start to the season plagued with accidents and reliability issues, Seb secured his first ever pole against all odds in Italy. He went on to win that race and finish eighth in the championship in his first full-time season with Toro Rosso.

9. Upon David Coulthard's retirement from Red Bull Racing at the end of that year, Seb was elevated to the main team alongside Mark Webber and in 2009 became the youngest ever runner-up in an F1 championship – a result Dan can only hope to emulate in his first season with the team this year.

10. With almost three seasons under his belt, the tutelage of Webber and a true understanding of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing machine, Seb was among the top-three quickest drivers on track in 2010 and an unlikely win in the final event in Abu Dhabi saw him steal the championship from under Mark's nose. He's gone on to win every championship since and establish himself as a modern-day great.

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