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2008 Italian Grand Prix

Gran Premio Santander d'Italia

Sunday, September 14, 2008
Round:
14
Weather:
Cool and occasional rain
Laps:
53
Fastest Lap:
Raikkonen, 1m28.047
Country:
Italy
Circuit:
2008 season:
Report

Twenty years after winning the Italian Grand Prix in a Ferrari, Gerhard Berger was back on the Monza podium on Sunday, but this time as the very proud co-owner of the Toro Rosso team, for at just 21 years and 74 days, Sebastian Vettel had made history by becoming the youngest driver – by almost a year – ever to win a World Championship Grand Prix. While many of greater experience and loftier reputation floundered in the treacherous conditions at Monza, Vettel put in a drive worthy of a Prost or Schumacher, and at no stage of the afternoon looked under the remotest threat. Afterwards the words tumbled out in a smiling, almost disbelieving, rush: “For sure this is the best day of my life. I kept saying to myself, ‘Still P1 on my board – how can it be?’ The reaction of the crowd on my slowing-down lap, being on podium… it was all even better than I thought it could be. In fact, I had a lot of fun from the first lap to the last. It was just… a very nice race!” Vettel’s victory could hardly have been better received, for it is always good to see new winners in the sport, and Sebastian is a personable young fellow with a very ‘English’ sense of humour – you don’t find many Germans who can quote great chunks of Fawlty Towers.

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