Taking the fight to Mercedes in Malaysia, and winning the battle, an emotional Sebastian Vettel has hailed a "special" first win with Ferrari.
Vettel stunned Mercedes, and the form books, when he claimed a sensational maiden victory for Ferrari at the Sepang circuit on Sunday.
The German took the chequered flag a comfortable eight seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton having traded positions with the reigning Champion throughout the afternoon.
The victory marked Vettel's first since 2013 and also ended Ferrari's 34-race drought, which extends back to the Spanish GP in May 2013.
"It has been a while since I've been on the top step," he said in an emotional post-race interview on the podium.
"My first time with Scuderia Ferrari, I'm speechless.
"Obviously it was a big change over the winter, it's really a great atmosphere in the team.
"I'm very happy, very proud of today, we beat them fair and square and it is a special day – that is why I am emotional."
He added: "Today is a very special day and will always remain a part of me.
"Thank you very much to the whole team."
The 27-year-old also spoke of his joy at watching former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher his boyhood hero during his days at Ferrari.
And now, on the back of a trying last year with Red Bull Racing, he's racing a Ferrari himself.
"Last year was not a good year for me, it was a great car but I struggled to extract performance from it. This car suits me very well.
"It was a big change last year but the team welcomed me from the very first day. When the gate opened at Maranello it was like a dream come true.
"The last time I was there I watched Michael Schumacher over the fence and now I'm driving that red car."
Pressed as to whether he could win the World title with Ferrari, Vettel insisted: "I hope so that is why I signed up.
"The mission is to bring a world championship back to Maranello."
"But," he added, "for today we have to enjoy the day.
"We know these guys are incredibly strong but… I don't care for today, I want to celebrate, to get p**sed."