Speaking on the podium at the end, Vettel was quick to remember Bianchi, who was buried in his home town of Nice on Tuesday, in the build-up to the tenth round in the championship, finally succumbing to the head injuries he sustained in an accident during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix
“An incredible day, but I think this victory is for Jules,” said Vettel. “We know it has been an incredibly tough week and I think for all of us it has been very difficult.
“So this one is for him and especially all the people in Ferrari, all the Ferrari fans, I think we knew that sooner or later he would have been part of our team and part of this family.”
Looking back on the race, Vettel conceded that the safety car deployment was far from ideal for them, given he had such a good lead at that point.
“Well it was definitely, from our point of view, no need for that. But it obviously made it a lot more interesting at the end,” he added.
“We had a great start and obviously it was crucial to get into the lead straightaway. The car was difficult, but great to drive. It has been a great race and we have shown great pace. Thank-you very, very much to the team for the recovery since Friday and today I just think it came together and despite the safety car we still managed to win. This one is for the team as well.
“I am sure we will have a great night [now]. Obviously I still remember what happened in Malaysia [when I took my first win with Ferrari], so I hope it is going to be very similar. It is great, so many fans here and so much support all around the track, a lot of German flags. It is really special.