Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and also the CEO of Ferrari, has praised the Maranello team for taking a long awaited Monaco Grand Prix win, in a race he says will be well-remembered in the Scuderia’s history.
Sebastian Vettel led home Ferrari’s first 1-2 since the 2010 German Grand Prix to record the Italian outfit’s first win around the famous streets of Monte Carlo since Michael Schumacher finished ahead of his Brazilian teammate Rubens Barrichello to take victory back in the 2001 Formula 1 season. Seb’s impressive result has now extended his lead at the top of the championship standings to 25 points over title rival Lewis Hamilton, ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix:
“Something we have been waiting for a long time has finally come to pass, a race which will be part of our history. Not only a victory, but a one-two finish at a Grand Prix with a tradition as glorious as Monaco, where Ferrari last won with another one-two, delivered on that occasion by Schumacher and Barrichello.” – Sergio Marchionne explained, as reported by espn.co.uk.
Sebastian Vettel had started the race second on the grid, behind Kimi Raikkonen, but the German driver stayed out longer than his teammate, which in the end proved to be the decisive moment of the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix. With Kimi dropped back into traffic following his pitstop, the German was able to push in clean air and performed a successful overcut to jump Raikkonen.
Having pulled clear out front, Vettel registered his second win in Monaco in comfortable fashion. Ferrari CEO added that the final result on Sunday showed the “real” Ferrari, as the team registered its third win of the F1 season: “It was a really exciting race where we saw the real Scuderia. My compliments to the drivers and, once again, the whole team, both those at the track and the individuals that work so hard each and every day back in Maranello on a car that is finally giving our tifosi the satisfaction they deserve.” – Sergio Marchionne concluded.