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Vettel: This is just unbelievable.

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."



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TOny Brady - Unregistered

September 14, 2008 9:40 PM

This was such a breath of Fresh air, seeing Vettal win and in a car that is not a Mclaren, Ferrari or BMW works car, can you imagine what he could do with a top quality car, There is no doubt that he would be the points leader today. It was also a pleasure to see someone just enjoying the moment, and no having to tell everybody "how great he is" and " I have more skill than anyone in F1" it was great no hear the from or about Hamilton today. Maybe there is hope for F1 yet TB



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