Senior figures in the Ferrari camp may have celebrated Fernando Alonso's victory in the inaugural Korean Grand Prix but, in almost the same breath, were urging caution as the championship battle reaches its climax in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
Alonso was in place to pick up the pieces when Red Bull Racing's afternoon imploded with its first double DNF of the season, and his fifth victory of the year propelled the Spaniard back into the championship lead. He heads to Interlagos with an eleven-point advantage over Mark Webber, and 21 in hand over McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, but both team president Luca di Montezemolo and principal Stefano Domenicali have said that there is no time for over-reaction.
Just as they called for a level-headed approach to the Scuderia's mid-season woes, which dropped Alonso 42 points off the championship lead after Silverstone, both men know the value of remaining calm in the heat of battle when the team is on a high.
“What I am most pleased about is that we have shown that, with determination, hard work, level-headedness and the will to win, we can get out of the most difficult situations," di Montezemolo commented, "We are a team that never gives up and we showed that yet again today. I want to congratulate the entire team, who worked in impeccable fashion, Fernando who was exceptional and Felipe who brought home a very important third place - it was great to see him on the podium with his team-mate and Chris Dyer.
“Now, though, we must keep our feet on the ground. The championship is still very open and we know we are up against very strong opponents. We will have to tackle the final two races with even higher levels of concentration, paying attention to every little detail.”
di Montezemolo's view was shared by Domenicali, who admitted that there was no time to rest on any laurels with the revised F1 scoring system having already shown itself capable of turning the standings on their head.
“First of all, let's just keep calm about this!" he insisted, "This has been a fantastic day, in which we have turned around the situation in the drivers' championship and also, albeit partially, put us back in a stronger position in the constructors' classification. However, we are well aware the hardest part begins now.
"There are two races to go, and we must tackle them with the same ferocious determination which has seen us fight back in a way many thought impossible. I have said it so often in the past, but I want to repeat it even today: what counts the most in this final part of the season is for the team and the drivers to keep a cool head, along with reliability and concentration.
"This weekend we proved capable of doing that, even in very unusual conditions like those we experienced [in Korea]. We are up against very strong opposition, especially in the shape of a team that has managed to take 14 poles from 17 races, but to be in this position with just two races to go is already significant."