Gallery: Sebastian Vettel's first Grand Prix

A little over 10 years ago, Sebastian Vettel made his debut in Formula 1 at the Indianapolis with BMW Sauber. We look back at that historic day.

Gallery: Sebastian Vettel's first Grand Prix
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Robert Kubica suffered a horrific accident during the 2007 Canadian GP. On lap 26, Kubica's BMW clipped the Toyota of Jarno Trulli and was launched into a concrete wall. The impact was such that the car bounced back and rolled over, before coming to a rest at the other side of the track.
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Despite minor injuries, Kubica was not allowed to take part in the next race as a precautionary measure.
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To replace Kubica, BMW called in its reserve driver Sebastian Vettel, who was only 19-year-old at that time.
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Vettel joined incumbent and veteran grand prix driver, Nick Heidfeld. The two are pictured together with BMW Motorsport director Mario Theissen.
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Vettel finished a creditable fourth in first practice, just nine tenths behind McLaren's Fernando Alonso.
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In FP2, he was 10th and more than a second off the pace of Alonso.
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In the final practice, Vettel improved significantly to finish second in the timesheets.
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Vettel put on an impressive lap to progress into Q3 and then place his BMW seventh on the grid. He posted a time of 1m13.513s compared to poleman Lewis Hamilton's 1m12.331s.
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Sebastian Vettel's race start was far from ideal. He missed his braking point for turn 1 and ran wide, slipping down to 11th in the process.
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Halfway through the race, Vettel was running in 10th place after surpassing Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella.
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He picked up two further places after Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg (Williams) retired to grab the final championship point (points were awarded to top eight finishers only). With this result, he came F1's then youngest driver to score a point at the age of 19 years and 349 days. The record was broken by another Red Bull protege Max Verstappen in 2015.
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At the front, Lewis Hamilton eased to victory - his second of the season after Canada.
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He was joined by teammate Alonso and Ferrari's Felipe Massa on the podium.
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Vettel's stellar debut earned him a drive with Red Bull's junior squad from the Hungarian round. He replaced American Scott Speed.
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