After a tough start to his new adventure with Aston Martin, Sebastian Vettel finally turned his fortunes around to score his first points for the team thanks to an impressive fifth place finish at the F1 Monaco GP.
The German made it through to Q3 on Saturday and made his strong starting position matter during the race, leapfrogging both Lewis Hamilton and Pierre Gasly thanks to some great strategy work by the team.
"I've always had quite good results here so coming in I knew that this track could make a difference," Vettel told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "I'm happy for the team. After such a strong season last year and then a disappointing start in many ways this year, I think it's what we needed and a good signal to all the factory at home.
"Hopefully this result helps us keep the spirits high, which it is, and maybe pick up a bit of momentum to have stronger races. It's very tight in the midfield and if we can find that extra tenth or two, no matter where, it can make a huge difference because it might be enough to get you into Q3, might be enough in the race to stay out that one lap or to go for the undercut and make it work and and so on.
"If you look at the weekend it's probably only five minutes that really matter, the qualifying laps and then crucial laps in the race but you need to have everything working your way in such a tight midfield."
Vettel came out of the pits side-by-side with Gasly before completing the move on Gasly at Massenet, with the two drivers doing well to avoid ending up in the barriers.
"I knew it would be close, but that close is always difficult to foresee," Vetttel added. "I always had a bit of the nose ahead and I could see him, but not enough to tell how much I was ahead because it was nearly side-by-side.
"I guess he didn't know if I saw him so at some point he backed out of it. I gave him room but I had fresh tyres."