Emotional Vettel hails 'incredible' Ferrari win

By on Sunday, March 29, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

An emotional Sebastian Vettel hailed Ferrari after he ended his and the squad's barren spell to claim victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel used a two stop strategy to beat Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel to return the team to the top step of the podium for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013.

"A phenomenal day," he said. "It feels incredible. To see the guys when I was on the podium, to look down, it was an incredible atmosphere. I can only recall from the victories Fernando [Alonso] had with Ferrari and recall especially the victories Michael [Schumacher] celebrated with the team it’s incredible.

"To become part of that team is something special. It makes me very happy obviously. Last year was tough. The first win since more than a year’s time now.

"They [Mercedes] pulled in obviously, which I think we were a bit surprised by, but we saw on Friday that they weren’t too happy on the medium compound and Lewis was struggling in the first stint and I was able to keep up with him, which I enjoyed a lot. And then I knew I had to deliver, trying to make those tyres last and trying to go as fast as I can.

"Second stint he was chasing me down, which was tough, so he had a string second stint. In the end I think I was able to re-balance the car a little more and I was able to, yeah, have a solid gap the last couple of laps. But to be honest… I shouldn’t say it but I don’t know, I was shitting myself the last couple of laps because here and there the thought was coming to my head, I was looking at the top of the chassis and thinking “this is a red, you’re about to win” and then I thought, “OK, stop thinking that, otherwise you’ll miss the next apex or something”.

"Really, really a great relief I crossed the chequered flag and saw the guys, as I said, on the podium. So a really special day and a big thanks to all the mechanics and engineers and all the team in Maranello. There are a lot of people there and a lot of potential and power going into the project. I think we have done a massive step over the winter and it’s their victory today."

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