Marchionne: The one-two we’ve been waiting for a long time

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari big boss Sergio Marchionne’s revolution at Maranello was vilified by the Italian media when it took place a couple of years ago but, with Maurizio Arrivabene leading the change on the ground, he stuck to the game plan and now the rewards are rolling in.

The Ferrari one-two on Sunday at the Monaco Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finishing first and second respectively, ended a win-less streak that dated back to 2001 when Michael Schumacher last won for them at the sport’s most hallowed venue and was the team’s first one-two at the Principality since 1999.

Marchionne said afterwards, “Something we’ve 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.”

“Today 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,” added the Ferrari president.

The victory means that Vettel heads to the next round in Canada with 129 points, 25 more than his closest rival Lewis Hamilton, with Ferrari taking the lead in the constructors’ standings by 17 points over Mercedes.