Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel enjoyed the 'best day of his life' on Sunday, when he came through to take the victory at the Italian Grand Prix and break his F1 duck in style.

Vettel, who also claimed his first ever pole position on Saturday, looked in control throughout and he pulled out a good lead early on that put him in a strong position to take 'gold'.

In the end the German beat McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen by 12.5 seconds - and he now becomes the youngest grand prix winner in the history of the sport.

Vettel's triumph was also a significant one for Toro Rosso, which up until this weekend had never won a race. The fact the team achieved it on home ground was just the 'icing on the cake'.

"This is the best day of my life. I will never forget these feelings. It is so unbelievable. It is better than I had ever expected. A big thank you to everyone in the team for their great work," Vettel reflected.

"It was a fantastic race, a fantastic weekend with pole as well and a fantastic strategy this afternoon.

"After a poor start to the season, we got better and better. Maybe in today's conditions, we could close the gap with a bit more effort or by staying on the throttle a bit longer.

"I'm just speechless."

Asked about the race, he noted that the start was critical as unlike the rest of the pack he didn't have any problems with spray, thanks to his form in qualifying.

"We were very fast in a straight line because we didn't go for high downforce as we thought it might be dry, so we stayed on the dry level. Being out in front with no visibility problems was the key and I could build up a solid gap to Heikki straightaway," he explained.

"Then I was pushing very hard, maybe going over the limit sometimes and I nearly lost the car. In the last stint I was in a very good position on the intermediate tyre. I couldn't believe it when it kept saying 'P1' on my board. But I kept my focus and kept pushing so as not to lose concentration. A perfect weekend."

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost meanwhile was also delighted and he hailed Vettel's performance in the Ferrari-powered STR03.

"This was Vettel's race weekend," he added. "From Friday onwards, he controlled the pace and the situation and today, from start to finish, he drove a fantastic race without any mistakes under very difficult circumstances. I think today he showed that he will become a very successful Formula 1 driver.

"The team, under the direction of Giorgio Ascanell also did a fantastically good job in terms of being prepared for the race and in how it executed the strategy and pit stops and we can all be proud of what we have achieved.

"It was great to get this result here in Monza in our home Grand Prix and I am particularly happy for [co-owner] Gerhard [Berger] who has waited twenty years to get back on the Monza podium here as a winner."


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