Alonso agreed: "For the first time this year, we have not just been trying to limit the damage, in that we were actually aiming for the win. It's a positive sign and now we must confirm it at Valencia and Silverstone," he said.
"We are definitely returning home with more confidence in our chances, because this was the most significant step forward we have made in terms of car development for a long time."
When it comes to the bigger picture, Stefano Domenicali was quick to point out that Fernando Alonso was still right in the thick of it when it came to the championship battle. After Canada, the Spaniard is just two points off Lewis Hamilton and one point ahead of Sebastian Vettel, making it all to play for with almost fully two thirds of the season to go.
"Fernando is only two points off the leader and the F2012 is back to being competitive enough to fight with the best," insisted Domenicali. "It was important to score points on a track that, going into the event, was definitely not one that suited us.
"Knowing we can count on a driver like Fernando, capable of completing a year's races all in the points is a factor that has its part to play when it comes to thinking about the title race," said the Ferrari boss.