Starting from third place on the grid, Fernando Alonso was keenly aware of the threats he was facing all around him, from Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen ahead on the front for for the start of the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix, to the more distant Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button running different tyre strategies.
It was going to take Alonso executing Ferrari's own race strategy to absolute perfection to secure win against such opposition on Sunday - and so that's exactly what the Spaniard went and did.
"It couldn't have gone better than this today!" he said after the victory celebrations in China. "We had a good feeling all through the weekend and qualifying third gave us the possibility of fighting for the top places. On top of that, maybe we were owed some good luck.
"I have to thank the team for the huge efforts it has made both here and back in the factory," he added. "They have worked so hard to put me in this position from which I can fight with the others on equal terms.
"Along with that all the important factors worked perfectly, such as set-up, strategy, calling the pit stops and the stops themselves," said Alonso. "All together it produced a win that wasn't easy at the end of a race in which we made the most of our pace and did a good job of managing the tyres, which was definitely the most dangerous aspect."
Joining in the celebrations, Ferrari team principal said: "I am pleased with the result for the team as a whole today and clearly with winning a race that looked like being a difficult one from many points of view.
"After what happened in Malaysia, I am particularly happy to see Fernando on the top step of the podium," he added. "It's the best possible turnaround and it's down to a great job from the guys here at the track and in Maranello."
Alonso was quick to agree that it was a welcome return to winning ways, as he hadn't claimed a Grand Prix victory since last July at Hockenheim.
"I hadn't won since Germany and this has a special feeling because it was a tricky race full of action," he said. "Along with the second place I got in Australia, this result shows that the car is competitive and that we are working in the right direction to always be in the fight for the podium."