For once, Ferrari
team principal Stefano Domenicali had absolutely no need of his 'putting a brave face on it' skills after the Spanish Grand Prix
at the Circuit de Catalunya
on Sunday afternoon.
"I am really happy with this great team result!" he said, clearly thrilled with the outcome in Spain. "We held our own against very strong opposition [and] we did a great job, both here at the track and back in Maranello."
After starting from fifth place on the grid, Fernando Alonso
had marched to an irresistible victory with a mix of perfect strategy, flawless tyre management and a race pace that belied the team's ongoing anxieties about the F138's raw speed so far this year.
"Fernando yet again drove a great race, aggressive at the key moments and conservative when he had to manage his lead, making up ground on all his main rivals," Domenicali said.
Felipe Massa also performed strongly in Barcelona, overcoming a three-place grid penalty for blocking a rival in Saturday's qualifying to have a real shot at second place before finding his last set of tyres not to his liking him, forcing him to settle for third place on the podium instead.
"I am particularly happy with Felipe's performance, because on this track, to start ninth and finish on the podium is not easy," said the team boss. "He was in the fight right to the final moments and this result is very well deserved."
That throws the spotlight on what Ferrari
have to focus on next. If their race performance in Spain was next to perfect, then it's still the case that they're spending too much of their race making up to setbacks the previous day in qualifying.
"We know there is much to do to improve our car for Saturday afternoons, as we have said many times before, if we want to ensure we start from further up the order," he agreed.
Overall it hadn't been quite as smooth and easy as it might have looked from the outside. "It was a very tense race, in which the slightest little detail could make a big difference," insisted Domenicali.