Global Motorsport Media
A death inside dominant Formula One team Red Bull added to the emotion of Sebastian Vettel's win at Monza recently, it has emerged.
As he closed almost definitively on his second consecutive title, the 24-year-old German cried on the podium in Italy, the scene of his first ever win three years ago.
"Yeah, very emotional," he admitted afterwards.
At the time, however, Vettel did not mention that team members at Red Bull were grieving the recent loss of accounts staffer Erin Pezzella, who according to Cologne newspaper Express lost her battle with cancer during the Monza race week.
Pezzella was 31.
"She was with the team for four years," confirmed team boss Christian Horner. "She lost a very brave fight against cancer and we would like to dedicate this result in her memory."