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F1 China 2013: It couldn’t have gone better, says Alonso

But Alonso is ever the realist, and cautioned his fans and his team against any complacency on the back of his win in Shanghai

"We are under no illusions and we must continue to concentrate and do all we can to improve still further," he said. "With no one dominating the Championship, it makes it extremely interesting, even if we are aware this is only the third race."

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said that winning in China was "a source of great pride in Italian technology," but echoed Alonso's words of cautions against over-exuberance. "Winning in China is very satisfying for Ferrari," he said. "Now we go on, but with our feet firmly on the ground."

And Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali pointed out that it was still too son to get an accurate sense of how the 2013 season was shaping up in terms of teams' relative performances.

"In this first part of the championship it is harder than ever to come up with an accurate evaluation of the hierarchy in the field," he said. "Between qualifying and the race we have seen contrasting performances for some teams and therefore we must concentrate very hard on improving the car over the single lap in qualifying, while maintaining the performance level we have seen over the long runs."

The team will be put to the test again in less than a week when the teams take to the track in Bahrain, but for now at least Ferrari can take comfort in knowing that they're firmly back at the heart of the 2013 world championship battle.




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