Sebastian Vettel was born on 3 July 1987 in Heppenheim, Germany. He began karting in 1991, aged three and in 1995 he started racing. Vettel won a series of karting titles, including the German Junior Karting Championship, the Monaco Kart Cup and the European Junior Karting Championship. In 2003, he graduated to single-seaters, taking part in the German Formula BMW series, in which he came second in his first season, winning the title the following year. In 2005, he finished fifth in the Formula 3 Euroseries and had his first taste of Formula 1, when he was given a test in a Williams. In 2006, he finished second in the Formula 3 Euroseries and became test driver for BMW Sauber. In 2007, Vettel began competing in the World Series by Renault and that same year he took over from Scott Speed in the Toro Rosso team, after the European Grand Prix. In 2008, he took his first win, at the Italian Grand Prix, the youngest ever Formula 1 winner.
He finished the season eighth and was rewarded with a move to Red Bull Racing. In 2009, he won in Shanghai, Silverstone and Suzuka, finishing second in the Drivers’ Championship. In 2010, Vettel became the youngest ever Formula 1 World Champion. He was totally dominant in 2011, winning 11 Grands Prix, taking his second world title, four races from the end of the season. In 2012 and 2013, he went on to secure his third and fourth titles, finishing fifth in 2014. In 2015 he finished third in his first season with Scuderia Ferrari and in 2016, he was fourth.