Marchionne hails long awaited win for Ferrari

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Ferrari President and CEO Sergio Marchionne greeted the Scuderia's first win since 2015 with the consideration and elation it deserves.

Ferrari has kept a low profile since the beginning of the year on the media front, but the Canadian-Italian executive had plenty to say after Sebastian Vettel's win in Melbourne today.

"It was about time," Marchionne said in a statement.

"I am delighted for the team and for our Tifosi who stood by us throughout this whole period. We've been waiting for this victory for almost a year and a half.

"Hearing the Italian national anthem again was very moving. Sebastian delivered a great race and I am sure Kimi will be soon up there battling alongside his team-mate.

"Of course, this victory is something to share with the entire team, both at the circuit and back in Maranello, because teamwork is the only way to achieve major goals."

Marchionne insisted however that he wasn't expecting the season to be clear sailing, with still a lot of work ahead to build and sustain Ferrari's momentum.

"It is absolutely essential to remember that this is not the destination but the first step on a long road that must see us all focused on improving each and every day," he concluded.

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