A euphoric Sebastian Vettel struggled to to describe his emotions after claiming his maiden win in Italy.
The 21-year-old’s charge to the top step of the podium in Monza sees him crowned the youngest driver ever to a Formula One race.
He revelled after the Italian Grand Prix: “Unbelievable! The whole race I had no problems, the car was fine, I had a fantastic race, a great strategy.”
“Crossing the finish line, the lap back to the pits and the whole podium ceremony was unbelievable. For sure it is the best day of my life. I will never forget these pictures, it’s so much better than you think. It’s great, I’m speechless.”
“What a weekend, a perfect weekend: pole, race win – unbelievable, I don’t know what to say. At the closing stages I saw there was still P1 on my board and I thought, how can that be? I was just trying to keep it together.”
The weather in Monza was a decisive factor in Vettel’s success. The race began in the wet but the track dried out in the latter stages of the race, causing the drivers to switch to intermediate tyres.
Luckily, Vettel was on a two stop strategy and the emerging dry line co-incided beautifully with his second stop.
“In the closing stages I was extremely focused every lap. I didn’t try to save my engine, I was just trying to keep my attention because when the dry line emerged it was very crucial to stick to the line, so it was difficult to keep up concentration, and I was just trying to increase my lead over the cars behind him.”