Stefano Domenicali admitted he was delighted with the result of the 2010 F1 season opener, but admitted that Ferrari will remain grounded with 18 races still to run in the fight for the title.
After a challenging campaign in 2009, the Scuderia
enjoyed the perfect start to the new campaign as Fernando Alonso took victory on his debut for the team and Felipe Massa celebrated his return to the sport with second place.
The result leaves Ferrari with a 22 point lead in the constructors' championship after the opening round thanks to the new scoring system, but Domenicali said there wouldn't be much chance for celebration as the team turns its focus towards the second round of the year in Australia.
“A fantastic start to the championship!” he said. “This amazing one-two is just reward for all the work of the team, both at the track and the factory in Maranello, over these past few months and I dedicate the result to them.
"Today, we had to manage a very complicated situation with Felipe's car, because of the high temperatures, but we did it and I was very happy to see our driver on the podium on what was a very special day for him. As for Fernando, what can I say? There could be no better way for him to start his adventure in red!
“Now we can enjoy this wonderful day for a few hours, but as from tomorrow, we must start preparing for the next round in Australia, adopting our usual approach which involves keeping calm, with our feet on the ground and working hard.
“We have a very long season ahead of us, in which reliability will be crucial, as indeed we saw yet again today and where we will be fighting very strong and determined adversaries.”