Despite getting both drivers into the points at Sakhir, the overwhelming sense coming out of Ferrari
after the Bahrain Grand Prix
was a sense of relief that the opening four races of the season were finally over, and that they could head home to Maranello to begin upgrading the F2012.
"What I can say is that what has been a very tough first run of races for us has now come to an end," said team principal Stefano Domenicali. "We managed to limit the damage."
"It went a bit better than we feared and we managed to limit the damage," echoed Fernando Alonso. "We finished the race almost a minute behind the winner, which had never happened so far this year ... We lack top speed, and when you are in a tight duel that is penalising."
"We knew this first run of races would be an uphill struggle for us," admitted technical director Pat Fry. "This result is in line with our current potential: we certainly can't be pleased."
"Clearly we have to improve the performance of the car as soon as possible to be able to fight for worthwhile positions," contributed Felipe Massa.
But amongst the doom and gloom were some definite bright spots for the team - not least the way that they're still only ten points off the lead in the drivers' championship.
"To finish this run of four races in this situation is positive," agreed Alonso. "We closed the points gap to McLaren, something which I certainly would not have believed possible if it had been suggested yesterday.
"It's been good that there hasn't been just one driver picking up the maximum points, as happened for example last year, [but] it's clear we have to make a step forward, because we cannot always count on the failings of others."
Alonso was involved in two of the main incidents in the race - his clash with Rosberg that ran him off the track, and a thrilling dash to the finish line to try and beat Force India's Paul di Resta for sixth place.