Twelve months ago, Fernando Alonso brashly predicted that he could still win F1 world championship, despite finishing a lowly 14th in the British Grand Prix. After victory in 2011, however, there were no such claims.

True, despite Alonso's non-score a year ago, he was 'only' 47 points off the top of the standings, whereas, this time around, he sits almost twice as far back, as Sebastian Vettel's second place at Silverstone allowed him to cement a 92-point advantage over his Spanish rival. Ferrari, however, appears to have made good on Alonso's belief that it would be more of a factor from round nine, allowing him to be competitive in a race that has not always suited the modern breed of Prancing Horse.

"It is a huge boost for us," the double world champion admitted, "It give us good confidence being quick here in Silverstone as, no doubt, it was a race on the calendar that had one red cross [against it]. We knew that it was not an easy grand prix for us in terms of the high-speed corners, the layout, never being our strongest point in the last two or three years, so we knew that Silverstone, like Barcelona, was difficult for us. Winning here is good motivation for everyone approaching the next few races as they will be circuits that are a little bit better for us."

Despite the obvious satisfaction from winning, Alonso insists that there are no thought of challenging for the championship this time around.

"We will try to enjoy the moment, the win, and work hard," he noted, "We will have the same approach that we had in Valencia, that we had in Canada, and here as well, every weekend. It is a weekend to try for the victory, try to win the race.

"There are no championship thoughts at the moment, with anyone in the team, as we know that the gap is massive at the moment with Sebastian. We just need to enjoy every weekend, try to win every weekend and be aggressive at the start, the pit-stops. There is no time to think about any other thing.

"I've been saying over the last couple of races that, for sure, the team has been improving a lot. There was one part of the championship in which we put new parts on the car and they were not quicker, so the wind tunnel was not telling us the truth. We lost a little bit of ground there in the first couple of races, then it seems, in the last three or four races, every new part on the car is working fine, so they are steps forward for us and very good news, not just for this year, but also for next year's development."

Alonso was quick to acknowledge that he may not have moved to the front of the field had it not been for a problem in the pits for early leader Sebastian Vettel, but refused to accept that he may not have been a thorn in the German's side after setting a series of fastest laps as the race wore on.

"Who knows? You never know," he claimed, "I think it is difficult to have any prediction of what could have happened without Sebastian's problems. For sure, it is more difficult when you need to overtake on the track, and when you are talking about two- or three-tenths difference in pace in favour of them or us. It is not easy to overtake, as we saw with the McLaren, and, for Sebastian, it was the same when he tried to overtake Lewis [Hamilton], so the pit-stop problem for them was a help.

"We need to analyse the race a little bit better, the different sectors etc, but I think we were between 1-1.5secs behind Red Bull, especially in qualifying, four races ago. In Barcelona, I think I was 1.2secs and Felipe 1.6secs or something like that, [but], here, with similar characteristics - high-speed corners, exactly the same tyres, the soft and the hard - we were much closer, so it's definitely an improvement.

"Here, for whatever reason, we were quick in sector two all weekend, which is the high-speed sector, so maybe that means we have recovered a lot in that part and now we need to concentrate a little bit more on our strongest point, slow speed corners, where we need to make improvements."

While many wrote McLaren off after a poor qualifying performance for Jenson Button and, particularly, Lewis Hamilton, both were factors in the race, with Hamilton, especially, a threat not only for the podium but, at one point, the victory as well. Both Alonso and Vettel had to find a way past the Briton before he was told to start conserving fuel, and the Spaniard admitted that his former nemesis could well have played a part in helping him take victory.

"Without Hamilton keeping Sebastian behind, obviously the race was a little bit different, for sure," he conceded, "We had to push more to open the gap. With Lewis there, the race was a little bit more comfortable for us, and we could drop the revs a little bit and take a bit more care of the engine, the tyres and things like that.

"He overtook me quite easily. When we fitted the dry tyres, he was very, very quick at that part of the race, so we were forced to stay calm. We knew that our opportunity would be later in the race and, when I overtook him again, it was thanks to the DRS and the KERS and all the possibilities we have these days. Then we attacked the Red Bulls...."

Without the rain before the race, the outcome could also have been different, Alonso admitted.

"After the first couple of laps with the intermediates, we didn't need to use the hard tyres any more, so we chose to do the whole dry race with the best performing tyre, which was the soft on this occasion, so there's a question mark how the car would have performed with the hard tyre," he allowed, "In FP3 and Q1, we were very, very competitive with the hard, so we approached the race with no problems and none of the doubts we had in Barcelona.

"From now, it will always be the same thing. Every race, we try to do like the final. Our championship hopes are very difficult because Sebastian keeps finishing all the races first and second, so the only thing we can do is try to win every race we go to, and be very aggressive. Every race, every start, every strategy will be at the maximum."