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Rivals congratulate Toro Rosso

Formula 1 came together on Sunday at the Italian Grand Prix to pay homage to the performance of Sebastian Vettel and the entire Toro Rosso team.

Vettel's drive in the rain at Monza was sensational and the German looked in control pretty much throughout, en-route to his maiden triumph - and also the first for Red Bull's 'B' team.

Mario Theissen, who signed Vettel as a test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 team last year, before releasing him at the end of July when the opportunity came up to replace Scott Speed at STR, led the tributes.

"As expected, it was an action packed race, but not for the man in front," said Mario. "Under these difficult circumstances Toro Rosso had the best car, and Sebastian Vettel managed to score his and the team's maiden victory with this excellent performance. Hats off to them!"

Those thoughts were echoed down the pit-lane, including by McLaren-Mercedes boss Ron Dennis and Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali.

"Yesterday I congratulated Sebastian and his team boss, Gerhard Berger, on their first pole position; today I commend them on the occasion of their maiden win," Dennis continued. "It was good to see, and I want to say: Well done to the entire Toro Rosso team for doing a fantastic job."

"I would like to congratulate Scuderia Toro Rosso, which uses our engines and Sebastian Vettel on their first Formula 1 win too," added Domenicali. "They did a perfect job all weekend - and they really deserve this moment of great joy."

Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner meanwhile, like Ferrari, was quick to emphasise the part they played in Toro Rosso's success.

"Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel and Toro Rosso on a fantastic result for Red Bull. Sebastian drove a fantastic race and totally destroyed the opposition. Red Bull Technology can be very proud of the car that they have provided," he emphasised.

Fellow privateers Force India also drew strength from the result: "I must extend my congratulations to Toro Rosso and Sebastian Vettel for a marvellous first victory, and to our engine partner Ferrari for their first win with a customer engine. It is very satisfying to see an independent team winning and this is a source of inspiration for us," concluded Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and managing director of the Silverstone-based squad.


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Dietrich Mateschitz (AUT) Red Bull CEO, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Toro Rosso STR03, Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull`s Motorsport Consultant, Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza, 12th-14th, September, 2008
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27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

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rich ard

September 16, 2008 6:22 PM

mph, as someone said on another site, there is nothing minardi about the team now. the car is an adrian newey red bull and the engine is a ferrari. management team is totally different and the only minardi link is the headquarters in faenza and maybe a couple of mechanics.



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