While he was delighted with the individual performances of his two drivers in the Hungarian Grand prix, Ferrari boss Marco Mattiacci warned that little could be read into the final result.
Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen came home second and sixth after surviving the pit-falls of a race marked by both wet weather and multiple safety cars, but Mattiacci insisted that the result did not offer a true reflection of the Scuderia's place in the pecking order, and should be treated as something of an anomaly as the team attempts to get back on terms with the frontrunners.
Alonso translated fifth on the grid and strong start in tricky conditions into a rare podium finish, and even enjoyed a spell at the head of the field as strategies played out, but could do nothing to deny Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo a second F1 win as his own tyres faded in the closing stages.
Raikkonen, meanwhile, battled back from a tactical error in qualifying that left him down in 17th spot on the grid, working his way through the field to come home in sixth position, his best result of a tough season so far.
“It is encouraging [to see Raikkonen scoring points] but, at the same time, we need to properly wait [and evaluate] this second and sixth place,” Mattiacci said after the race, “Today, the values and strengths of others teams were a little bit diluted because of the weather conditions and the specifics of the track, so we need to be careful.
“We need to manage very carefully the enthusiasm for this second and sixth place. I'm happy Kimi is back - it was a fantastic race - but extremely careful to give the right importance [to the result]. We still have a gap to fill compared to the leaders.”
With four weeks to the next round of the championship, in Belgium in late August, and a mandatory two-week factory shut-down that will prevent any physical development of the cars, Mattiacci admitted that the Hungarian result –which took Ferrari back above Williams in the constructors' standings - would be a boost to morale, but that there was still much work to be done before the team could be considered a contender.
“I don't believe in luck,” he insisted, “I think we got the best out of this race, but we are not here to give the audience a second place..."