Today on the rain soaked track in Monza, Italy, Sebastian Vettel made history by being the youngest Formula 1 driver ever to win the Italian Grand Prix.
The 21-year-old rookie, driving a Toro Rosso (the team is co-owned by Red Bull), beat runner-up Heikki Kovalainen to the finish line. Back in 2003, Fernando Alonso set the record for youngest grand prix winner when he captured the Hungarian Grand Prix at only 22.
“Unbelievable,” Vettel said at a post-race news conference. “The whole race we had no problems, the car was working really fine. I had a fantastic race with a very good strategy.”
After a rainy start, race track conditions began to improve after the first 10 laps. By the 30th lap, Vettel held a 12.5-second lead over Kovalainen.
Robert Kubica, Fernando Alonso and Nick Heidfeld completed the top-five finishers. Hamilton finished seventh and retained a one-point lead over sixth-place finisher Felipe Massa.