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UNDERDOG TALES: When Vettel and Toro Rosso splashed their way to a sensational maiden win at Monza

Staff Writer

Mike Seymour

This week 15 years ago, Sebastian Vettel sent the F1 paddock wild with a remarkable maiden pole position and victory double at a rain-soaked Italian Grand Prix. To mark the anniversary, we caught up with both his Team Principal and his Race Engineer from that weekend, Franz Tost and Riccardo Adami, to remember one of the greatest underdog displays in recent F1 history.

Sebastian Vettel had form when it came to making an impression in F1. During his first-ever Grand Prix weekend appearance as BMW Sauber’s test driver in Turkey back in 2006, the teenager raised eyebrows by going quickest during second practice and netting a pit lane speeding fine. The following year, he put together a composed point-scoring debut after being drafted in to replace the injured Robert Kubica at Indianapolis.

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