Sebastian Vettel's career in pictures

As seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher announced his retirement from the sport, a young, rising star in the form of Sebastian Vettel, seen here driving in 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix practice, was only just starting his Formula 1 career
The German made his race debut in the 2007 United States Grand Prix, as a stand-in for the injured Robert Kubica, for BMW Sauber, and finished eighth to become the youngest driver to score a point in Formula 1 at 19 years and 349 days old
After a strong performance in the US, Toro Rosso snapped him up later in 2007 and Vettel went on to finish an impressive fourth, having started 17th, in the rain-hit Chinese Grand Prix
After four straight retirements to start the season, Vettel's form started to improve and he made his mark with a brilliant drive in the wet at the Italian Grand Prix to become the youngest driver in history to win a Formula 1 race, aged 21 years and 74 days
Red Bull signed Vettel from their sister team for 2009 and he rewarded them with their first pole and victory in the third race of the year in China
Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber had a turbulent relationship at Red Bull, most notably in the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix when they collided while battling for the lead
Vettel was nicknamed 'Baby Schumi' when he entered the sport and the more decorated countryman Schumacher was one of the first to congratulate him as he won his first world title at the final race of the season in 2010
The title came much easier in 2011 as Vettel secured 15 poles, 11 victories and 17 podiums in 19 races to become the youngest double world champion and youngest back-to-back world champion
Tipped into a spin in the 2012 title-deciding race in Brazil, the German fought back valiantly, rising up to sixth which was enough to claim his third world championship in a row, and at 25 became the youngest ever triple world champion, beating Ayrton Senna's record
Vettel courted controversy at the start of 2013 when he ignored team orders and passed team-mate Webber to steal victory in round two in Malaysia
Victory in the 2013 Indian Grand Prix - his eighth in 10 races - was more than enough to fend off nearest rival Fernando Alonso and secure his fourth successive world title. The German celebrated by performing 'doughnut' spins on the pit straight before bowing in front his dominant machine

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