Past/Present: Vettel’s victories

As F1 returns to Italy this week, we look at how far Vettel has come since his maiden Monza win.

Sebastian Vettel takes his maiden victory at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.
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THEN: The maiden win in Monza

On September 14th 2008, a 21-year-old German driver who had taken just 19 points in his brief F1 career lined up in a shock pole position for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso in the team's home race, he did the unthinkable and won.

Dominating the race from pole position, Sebastian Vettel finished 12 seconds clear of the field and became the youngest driver ever to win a grand prix.

Sebastian Vettel 2013 Belgian Grand Prix Spa
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NOW: Victory number 31 at Spa

Since his record-breaking win in Monza five years ago, Vettel has racked-up three World Championships, 1,251 points and 39 pole positions. At the last grand prix in Belgium, the Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver took victory number 31, putting him fifth on the all-time winners' list.

In the 2013 championship standings, the win in Belgium puts Vettel 46 points clear of his nearest rival Fernando Alonso as the series heads back to the scene of the German's first win this weekend.