Vettel: This victory is for Jules


"You will always be in our hearts," was Sebastian Vettel's poignant tribute to Jules Bianchi shortly after he won the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

It has been an emotional week for the Formula 1 community after Bianchi died from the injuries he sustained during last year's Japanese GP. Those at Ferrari were affected more than most as the Frenchman came through the ranks at Maranello and was being groomed to take over from Kimi Raikkonen.

Putting his emotions to one side, Vettel produced a brilliant display at the Hungaroring, coming from third on the grid to claim the victory ahead of the Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.

He immediately paid tribute to Bianchi after taking the chequered flag, saying over the team radio: "You will always be in our hearts.

"We know sooner or later Jules would have been a part of this team."

The German later added in the post-race interviews: "Incredible day, but this victory is for Jules.

"We know it has been an incredibly tough week, and for all of us very difficult, so this one is for him.

"For all the people within Ferrari, all the Ferrari fans, we knew sooner or later he would have been part of our team, part of this family."

Despite leading from start to finish, Vettel didn't have it all his own way as the deployment of the Safety Car following Nico Hulkenberg's crash bunched up the field.

He managed to stay ahead of the chasing pack, but Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes and Ricciardo were breathing down his neck late in the race before the two made contact, which gave him an easy ride until the end.

"Definitely from our point of view there was no need for that [the safety car]," he said.

"It obviously made it a lot more interesting in the end.

"We had a great start, obviously it was crucial to get into the lead straight away.

"The car was difficult but great to drive, and it has been a great race, we showed great pace, so thanks to the team for the recovery since Friday.

"Today it just came together, and despite the safety car we still managed to win, so this one is for the team as well."