Peers full of praise for Vettel and Toro Rosso 15 Sep 2008
This weekends Italian Grand Prix at Monza threw up a result that no one had predicted. A maiden win for any team or driver is always an emotional outcome to a race, and plenty in the Formula One paddock were moved to pay tribute to the performance of Toro Rosso and Sebastian Vettel
Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari team principal:
I would like to congratulate Scuderia Toro Rosso, which uses our engines and Sebastian Vettel on their first Formula One win: they did a perfect job all weekend and they deserve this moment of great joy."
Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren:
Only at the end (of the race) was I able to match the lap times of Sebastian Vettel in front of me. In today's conditions he was just too fast for me - congratulations to him for his very first Grand Prix win.
Mario Theissen, BMW Motorsport director:
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!
Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber:
Warmest congratulations to Sebastian and the Toro Rosso team, this was a fantastic victory."
Ross Brawn, Honda team principal:
Congratulations to the Toro Rosso team on their win today. I have a lot of very good friends there and they did a fantastic job this weekend."
Vijay Mallya, chairman and managing director, Force India:
I must also 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.
Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing team principal:
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.