Ferrari chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne has sent his warm congratulations to Sebastian Vettel following his victory in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, believing that the result will go down in the Scuderia’s history.
Vettel picked up his third win of the 2017 season in Monaco to extend his lead at the top of the F1 drivers’ championship and end a victory drought for Ferrari in the principality that dated back to 2001.
“Something we’ve been waiting for a long time has finally come to pass, a race which will be part of our history,” Marchionne said in a statement issued soon after Vettel’s victory.
“Not only a victory, but a one-two finish at a grand prix with a tradition as glorious as Monaco, where Ferrari last won with another one-two, delivered on that occasion by [Michael] Schumacher and [Rubens] Barrichello. Today it was a really exciting race where we saw the real Scuderia.
“My compliments to the drivers and, once again, the whole team, both those at the track and the individuals that work so hard each and every day back in Maranello on a car that is finally giving our tifosi the satisfaction they deserve.”
The result saw Vettel extend his lead at the top of the F1 drivers’ championship to 25 points over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, while Ferrari also moved ahead of the German manufacturer in the constructors’ standings.
Vettel’s attention will soon shift to the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in two weeks’ time, but not after savoring his Monaco success.
“Canada is a completely different track but to be honest, for now I am just going to enjoy the win here,” Vettel said after the race.
“It’s very, very special to win here. I think we’ll have a fun night and then we have enough time to prepare for Canada.”