Twelve months ago Sebastian Vettel surprised the establishment with pole position at the Italian Grand Prix followed by a flawless drive in wet conditions to record his first victory and the first for the Toro Rosso Ferrari team.
“Without a doubt, Monza 2008 is one of my best
memories," Vettel said. "It was a perfect weekend and one I will remember always, whatever else I achieve during my career.
"To take this win with Scuderia Toro Rosso, an Italian team, in its home race, with Gerhard Berger standing next to me on the podium, seeing all the team members down beneath us, cheering and crying with joy was an unbelievably emotional experience."
A year later and he has added two further wins to his tally with Red Bull Racing and returning to Monza is third in the championship, three points behind Rubens Barrichello
and 19 behind Jenson Button
. Vettel insists there is no extra pressure this year, despite being a championship contender.
"Things have changed a lot in the space of 12 months," he said. "Although at this point last year, the Toro Rosso car was improving and even if we saw we were competitive even in Friday practice, my pole and win were something of a surprise to everyone.
"This year, Red Bull Racing and me and Mark are fighting for the championship titles, so we are considered front-runners. It doesn’t put me under any more pressure, but it does mean that our expectations are higher.”