Sebastian Vettel: “This race means a lot to me”

Sebastian Vettel - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel is happy the Italian Grand Prix at the legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza comes so soon after last weekend’s trip to the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, and is looking to take the positives from Spa-Francorchamps into this weekend’s race.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver attacks his team’s home race confident that they have recovered some of the performance loss to their rivals, having shown good pace throughout the Belgian Grand Prix, although it only meant a sixth place finish after being spun around at turn one.

Vettel naturally has fond memories of Monza, having taken his maiden Formula 1 victory with Scuderia Toro Rosso back in 2008 and finishing on the podium the first time he raced there in the Ferrari red last season.

“The Italian Grand Prix comes at the right time!” said Vettel. “We need a little bit of boost and support from our fans in this moment.

“Our race in Belgium last week did not unfold the way we expected, but it was very positive in terms of pace, so it looks like we have re-connected to the group ahead.

“This is the circuit where I won my first Grand Prix back in 2008 and this race means a lot to me, it’s the home race for Ferrari and the support is great.

“I am very much looking forward to this weekend, I think we should have a good one, could fight for the podium and it would be a dream coming true winning here with the red suit.”