Maranello, 1 April – Everyone was expecting him and Sebastian Vettel didn’t disappoint. After a morning in the simulator, the driver met all the staff of the Gestione Sportiva, assembled together to celebrate last Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix victory.
Sebastian chose to address the team in Italian: “It was a very emotional moment,” he said. “I have won many races, but the first one with Ferrari is very, very special. 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.’”
Maurizio Arrivabene was also there, passing on warmest greetings from Kimi Raikkonen, who had been in touch by ‘phone from Finland, as he is there for his son’s christening. Maurizio reminded everyone that this win was only the starting point and that the team had to continue working with the utmost dedication and concentration. “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.”