Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has promised there will be no let-up following Fernando Alonso's victory at Silverstone, the Scuderia's first win since Korea last year.
Alonso put in a great drive to win the F1 2011 British Grand Prix and while he was aided by a slow second pit stop for runaway championship leader, Sebastian Vettel, it was still a very good performance. Indeed he took the maximum 25 points in the end with ease, finishing more than 15 seconds up on the squabbling Red Bull's, while Felipe Massa also performed solidly in the sister car and only just missed out on fourth following a thrilling final corner tussle with Lewis Hamilton.
Speaking at the finish, Domenicali was delighted - and no doubt relieved - to finally see the team chalk up its first win of the year, although he added there is still no point thinking about the championship and that they will continue to take things on a race-by-race basis, switching their focus to Germany as from today.
“Today is a wonderful day for all of Ferrari. Winning at such a famous circuit as Silverstone, with its rich and fascinating history, in front of an extraordinary crowd, is cause for great satisfaction,” Domenicali reflected. “This result has been a long time coming but it's definitely not down to any miracles.
“We reacted after a very difficult start to the season, working very hard with much determination, all of us, including those who no longer work with us. We were competitive all weekend long and in all conditions: it confirms that everything went the right way.
“Congratulations to Fernando who delivered an extraordinary performance throughout the weekend - and to Felipe, who fought tooth and nail right to the very last lap. The engineers say that if you are quick at this track then you can be competitive at many of the tracks on which we have yet to race. I hope that's really the case then!
“We don't want to do any calculations regarding the championship. We must tackle each race as it comes with this same approach, without letup. This evening we can enjoy the moment, but as from tomorrow morning, we will turn our attention to the German Grand Prix.”
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo meanwhile was also very pleased to see the Scuderia repeat what it managed at Silverstone over 60 years ago, when José Froilan Gonzalez took the Scuderia's first ever win. Alonso's triumph on Sunday incidentally was the 216th for Ferrari from 821 starts.
“At last! Hearing the Italian National Anthem being played at Silverstone, the same venue at which we won our first ever F1 race, was something I found particularly emotional,” Montezemolo added. “This is Ferrari, a team that never stops fighting, never throws in the towel, at the top level for sixty years. I want to thank Domenicali and the whole team, both those at the track, who did a perfect job today and those at home, whom I'd asked to put in a huge effort, not just for us but also for our fans.
“Fernando was brilliant, driving an extraordinary race and Felipe also did very well, fighting right to the very end.”