“There could have been no better start for Ferrari in this championship,” said Marchionne in a statement.
“Listening to Italy’s national anthem echo around Melbourne was an emotional moment for us all, and for every fan of the Scuderia. It’s the best possible reward for the team, which built a competitive car and used a perfect strategy to take advantage of the way the race evolved.”
Vettel, who ran third early in the race, took the lead through his pit stop during the Virtual Safety Car period. Early leader Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen had already made their pit stops but lost more time doing so while the track was clear.
It is the second year in a row Ferrari has won the season-opening race. Both cars finished on the podium as Raikkonen took third. “Congratulations to Sebastian and Kimi, both drove a great race,” said Marchionne.
“Of course there’s still a long way to go in the series, with 20 more grands prix. So it would be wrong to celebrate too much. We know that we still have a lot of work ahead of us, but the first step has been taken in the right direction.”
2018 F1 season
- ‘It doesn’t matter if we start last’: How Red Bull’s junior team aided Honda’s leap forward
- Honda’s jet division helped F1 engineers solve power unit problem
- McLaren Racing losses rise after Honda split
- Ricciardo: Baku “s***show” was Red Bull’s fault
- “Drive to Survive Episode 1: All to Play For” reviewed