Monza (Italy), Sep 15 : Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver to win a Formula One race Sunday when the 21-year-old German took the Italian Grand Prix on a wet Monza course that made for difficult driving.
Vettel was on the pole and edged Heikki Kovalainen of McLaren by 12.5 seconds to give Torro Rosso its first victory. "For sure the best day of my life," Vettel said. "These pictures, these emotions I will never forget." Fernando Alonso, a two-time world champion, had been the youngest winner at 22 when he took the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton worked his way up from 15th on the grid to finish seventh, maintaining his lead in the overall standings. Felipe Massa of Ferrari was sixth and trails the McLaren driver by one point with four races left.
Vettel is also the youngest driver to start from the pole.
BMW-Sauber's Robert Kubica was third, followed by Alonso of Renault and Nick Heidfeld of BMW-Sauber.