Talk of customer cars in Formula 1 has returned as it assesses its essential nature and plans for the future, but going down that road would be the wrong route
Sebastian Vettel’s first Formula 1 victory was certainly a memorable one. The up-and-coming driver did what many highly-rated youngsters cannot – win a grand prix in a firmly midfield car.
Sure, there were extenuating circumstances – the prevailing wet weather that Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza in 2008, the championship contenders qualifying down the field – but he still had to do the job. Which of course he did, from pole, to give the ex-Minardi Toro Rosso squad (now known as AlphaTauri) its first, and so far only, F1 win.
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