Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said one win was the “minimum” the team wanted this year after celebrating their Chinese Grand Prix success.
“When you win a race it’s always great. It’s a great moment for the team, for the driver,” said Domenicali after Fernando Alonso’s victory in Shanghai.
“It’s a very long season and we know that if went want to fight for what our objective [is], one is not enough,” he added. “It is just the minimum.”
“So let’s celebrate tonight and be focussed already starting from tomorrow for Bahrain because we have another race in seven days and I’m sure that the others will be not very happy with the result today so they will be more aggressive. But it’s great to see the team performing extremely well today.”
Alonso hailed the team’s “fantastic race” and said they had more pace in hand:
“From the start to the end we have not big problems on the car. The tyre degradation was better than expected, probably, so we managed more or less the pace.”
“It’s true that we had some pave maybe in the pocket,” he added, “but it’s difficult to know when to use it depending on the state of the the tyres. So a little bit more potential that hopefully we can show in Bahrain in one week.”
However Domenicali said he was wary of the threat from their rivals: “We were managing in the last stint the pace, try to check what was the pace of our competitors, try to anticipate and control the gap.
“Because we know the other teams, above all Lotus, is very gentle on the tyres and we were just checking that. I have to say that today the performance of the car and Fernando was really very, very strong.”
He added the despite having a more competitive car than they enjoyed last season, Ferrari were not necessarily in a stronger position than they were 12 months ago: “Last year with that problem with the car we were leading, we had won already a race. In the first part of the season we were able to maximise the points.”
“So I would say to our guys that in terms of comparison if you compare the points that we scored last year it’s quite challenging so we have to make sure we do the same. Not only the first half but also the second.”
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