James Allison says there is still a lot of work to do by Ferrari if it wants to challenge Mercedes consistently this season, but admits victory in Malaysia goes a long way to help ease the pressure.

The Italian marque achieved a remarkable return to the winners' circle in the Malaysian Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel made a two-stop strategy work over the three-stopping Mercedes'.

However, though technical director Allison is thrilled to see the team return to the top in surprising circumstances, the margin between it and Mercedes at the Australian Grand Prix opener shows what still needs to be done.

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"In Melbourne, Mercedes were very, very dominant. Even in free air we couldn't have held a candle to them in Melbourne. There's a lot of work for us to do before we can come to a race weekend confident that we can hunt for victory from the first session of the weekend, but we do have an exciting development programme."

Regardless, Allison admits it was difficult to retain composure when Vettel crossed the finish line, pointing out that winning 'in red' is a particularly special achievement.

"It's good to win in anything but there is something absolutely fantastic about this team," he continued. "At Ferrari, they work especially hard but they also have the history and tradition of the team bearing down on our shoulders. Everywhere you go in the factory, there is the past evidence of their massive success and anyone who works there when it is not successful is cowed by that.

"There is also the weight of expectation of an entire nation. Those things are pressures that we soak up and when the pressure is released by a day like this, boy, does that feel good. Everybody here won't be able to find proper words to express what they feel.

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dickiebird: Ferrari is driven by passion. It always has been and always will be. Well, that and a very big bank account. LOL.[\blockquote]

You forgot to mention a penchant to circumnavigate the rules throughout their history.

dickiebird: Ferrari is driven by passion. It always has been and always will be. Well, that and a very big bank account. LOL.[\blockquote]

You forgot to mention a penchant to circumnavigate the rules throughout their history.