Vettel admits big pay-day at Monza 2008

As Sebastian Vettel returns to the scene of his F1 breakthrough, he recalls 2008 and the biggest pay-day of his career until then.

Three years ago, the boy-faced German was just 21 and a rookie with Red Bull’s junior team when he shocked the Formula One world by winning at Monza.

The victory also shocked Vettel’s bosses, Franz Tost and then Toro Rosso co-owner Gerhard Berger.

“My victory bonus in the contract was very, very high,” Blick newspaper quotes Vettel as laughing.

It was Berger who mounted the podium to collect the constructors’ trophy.

“It was amazing as Vettel won with an Italian team and a Ferrari engine,” the Austrian recalled to APA news agency.

“It’s a pity Toro Rosso have not gone on since then, but I’m too far away from it now to know the reasons,” said Berger.


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