A young hopeful and his idol cross paths for the first time

Our thoughts are once again with Michael Schumacher today on the seven-time world champion's 53rd birthday.

Back in 1999, a burgeoning young talent by the name of Sebastian Vettel had blitzed a field of karters at the Schumacher family's track in Kerpen, and little 'Seb' was duly congratulated by the F1 legend.

Their paths would naturally cross again years later, but this time at the pinnacle of motorsport.