On Wednesday Ferrari celebrated their emotional victory in Maranello where Sebastian Vettel met the whole staff to pay tribute to all the hard work which enabled him to earn his first triumph in red.
The Italian marque has endured difficult campaigns since 2009, but they seem to have turned their fortunes around. Their resurgence was highlighted by the shock triumph of Sebastian Vettel in Malaysia.
The German conceded that this win was a special one despite scoring many wins over the last years.
„It was a very emotional moment,” he said. “I have won many races, but the first one with Ferrari is very, very special.”
Sebastian said that he wanted to be part of the team, he doesn’t need any special status inside Ferrari since the team has to work together as a united body.
”On Sunday night I wanted to celebrate with the mechanics and I said to them, ‘thanks a lot, but I want to be one of you, no more no less. I am part of the team and, even if out on track, I’m alone, I know that really I never am, because I am always with you. I want to thank you for giving me a nice car and I think, in fact I know, that we will experience many more great moments together.’”
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene didn’t forget about mentioning Michael Schumacher whom he very much admires.
“I think that, the ‘forza Ferrari!’ from Seb over the radio immediately after taking the chequered flag, was not just for the achievement of a childhood dream, but also for memories of the moments spent with another great champion, who won so much for Ferrari, namely Michael and above all there was the joy of being there with all of you. You have been here for such a long time and you deserve it.”
Kimi Räikkönen missed the event as he flew back directly to Finland from Malaysia since the Räikkönen family celebrated the christening of Kimi’s son, Robin. However, the Finn was in touch by phone.