Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has warned that there is a still a long road ahead for the his team, even though Fernando Alonso now has a good lead in the drivers' championship following his third victory of the year in Germany.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, the eleventh round in the F1 2012 World Championship, and the final event before the summer break, Domenicali added that competition is too strong for them to be able to take anything for granted.
“It's nice to see our fans are happy with that last result, but no one at Maranello is under any sort of illusion,” Domenicali told Ferrari's official website. “The fact we are leading the Drivers' championship with Fernando does not lull us into thinking that everything is fine and we're cruising along with the wind in our sails; quite the contrary in fact.
“Red Bull has always been very strong in Budapest these past few years and McLaren showed in Germany that it was back in front running form, after a slight dip at its home race.
“Then there is also Mercedes, as well as Lotus and other teams, such as Williams and Sauber, who have shown they can, in some circumstances, also be in the fight for the podium. Clearly, the opposition is as numerous as it is strong.”
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo meanwhile echoes those sentiments in his post-Hockenheim debrief and Domenicali concedes the F2012 still needs to be improved.
“As usual, Montezemolo was very clear: feet on the ground and work, work, work. After Budapest, we come up to two very tough races in the shape of Spa and Monza, where we must show that we are competitive on fast tracks too,” Domenicali continued.
“The performance of the F2012 has improved since the start of the season but until we have the quickest car on track, we cannot claim to be happy. There is still a long road ahead of us, with plenty of obstacles along the way.
“The first and currently the most dangerous one is to catch this sense of euphoria that comes from the outside. But I'm calm about this because I am immune to these things!” he summed-up.