Vettel: Losing Monza would "rip our hearts out"

Sebastian Vettel says Bernie Ecclestone would be "ripping our hearts out" if the Italian Grand Prix disappears from the Formula 1 calendar.

Talks continued between Ecclestone and Italian officials to try to reach a deal to extend Monza's contract on Sunday, but the F1 chief said it was still too early to say if the historic track will remain on the calendar after 2016.

Vettel finished second in today's race, and enjoyed an emotional welcome on the podium, his first as a Ferrari driver at Monza.

"Look at this, this says it all," said Vettel, referring to the crowd on track after the race.

"This is the best second place I have ever had, the emotions I have.

"If we take this away from the calendar for any shitty money reason you are basically ripping our hearts out.

"It makes it so much worthwhile, you stand on the grid – it makes... it was an incredible day."

Williams driver Felipe Massa, who finished third, was also moved by the fans. 

"The emotion to be here is fantastic," he said. "This amazing place, being on the podium here with a straight full of people so you cannot see any asphalt.

"Definitely the best podium and very human, very hot, very human. Feeling it is fantastic."

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Series Formula 1
Event Italian GP
Track Monza
Drivers Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari
Article type Breaking news