• British Grand Prix

'Emotional' win for di Montezemolo

ESPNF1 Staff
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The Ferrari 375 gave Ferrari its first world championship victory, also at Silverstone © Sutton Images

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said it was an 'emotional' victory for the team as Fernando Alonso won the British Grand Prix.

Alonso had driven the 1951 Ferrari 375 earlier in the day, the car which gave Ferrari its first world championship victory. He then got in to some more modern machinery and proceeded to deliver another win for the team, Ferrari's first of the season which marks an impressive turnaround having been a second off the pace at the season-opening race in Australia.

Di Montezemolo said winning at such a historic circuit was a sweet reward for the team's hard work since the start of the season.

"Hearing the Italian National Anthem being played at Silverstone, the same venue at which we won our first ever Formula 1 race, was something I found particularly emotional," di Montezemolo said. "This is Ferrari, a team that never stops fighting, never throws in the towel, at the top level for sixty years.

"I want to thank [team principal Stefano] Domenicali and the whole team, both those at the track, who did a perfect job today and those at home, whom I'd asked to put in a huge effort, not just for us but also for our fans. Fernando was brilliant, driving an extraordinary race and Felipe [Massa] also did very well, fighting right to the very end."