Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has urged the team to keep its feet on the ground despite Fernando Alonso securing victory in the British Grand Prix.
The Spaniard picked up his first win of the season to end Ferrari's victory drought, which went back to the Korean Grand Prix last season. The success also came nearly 60 years to the day since Froilan Gonzalez took Ferrari's first ever Formula 1 victory in the same race.
Speaking to Ferrari staff at Fiorano following the weekend, di Montezemolo was quick to praise the team for the manner in which it bounced back to the top of the podium although he warned there was plenty more work to do if the success is to be repeated before the end of the year.
“We managed to win and that is down to you and I want to thank you all for it,” he said. “You have done well and have shown, every single one of you, how to react at a difficult time. You did not lose heart and you managed to improve in all areas. In Stefano Domenicali you have a boss who has proved to be a leader and the congratulations I gave him immediately after the race on Sunday are for all of you.
“Now however, we must keep our feet on the ground, which is something we are used to, given that we know what it means to win. We must take another step forward, because we want to win again this year: to succeed in that, you must all try and do your best in your daily work, trying to achieve a personal pole position.
“Winning in England, at the home race for the great majority of our opponents is something special, all the more so as it happened on the day of such a significant anniversary. I think that even Pat Fry, for whom this is the first win since he took on the role of Chassis Director, managed to feel the difference there is between winning with another team and doing it with Ferrari.”
Team principal Stefano Domenicali was also quick to pay tribute to his team for the Silverstone success.
“We have got back on our feet thanks to you, but there is still a long way to go,” he said. “It's been quite a while already that we had the wherewithal to win and we managed it at a track that did not look too suited to us beforehand. Let us continue like this: we are a long way off the leaders, but who knows, if things go in a certain way, the air could begin to get more rarified.”