Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has said that Fernando Alonso's second place finish in the German Grand Prix is further proof of the progress being made by the team after the Spaniard followed his victory at Silverstone with another strong showing at the Nurburgring.

Despite far from favourable conditions for Ferrari, with low temperatures throughout the weekend, Alonso was able to fight for position throughout the race having made progress from fourth on the grid.

Alonso has now finished on the podium four times in the past five races and has scored more points in the past three than any other driver on the grid, with Domenicali insisting that the team would keep pushing to keep that run going in an effort to maintain a championship challenge.

"A positive team result at the end of a great race, which was very exciting and in which both our drivers delivered a very good performance," he said after a race that saw Felipe Massa also run strongly en-route to fifth. "The weather was the worst it could be for us and to have been in the fight for the win right to the end of the race is significant. We are working in the right direction and we have to continue like this, while realising we have to raise our performance level still further. I am sorry for Felipe, who lost a place at the very last pit stop: these things happen as we have seen so often this year down the length of the pit lane.

"Now, there are just a few hours to pause for breath before immediately turning our attention to the next round in Budapest, where we would like to confirm all the progress we have seen to date, while remaining well aware that we are up some very strong opposition. It's not by chance that Fernando has scored more points in the last three races than any other driver and the team has done best in the last two.

"It means we are pushing as hard as possible and we believe in what we are doing, without ever giving up in our efforts."