Ferrari remaining calm despite victory

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is refusing to get carried away in the wake of his team's first victory for almost eight months.

Ferrari chalked up a significantly poignant win in Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, coming on the 60th anniversary of their maiden triumph in Formula One at the same venue.

In taking the chequered flag, Fernando Alonso offered up hope for the Scuderia that Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel can be stopped in their charge towards back-to-back world titles.

That would be Di Montezemolo's dream, but he knows Sunday's success was merely a small step on a long road with 10 races remaining, and with Alonso still 92 points adrift of Vettel.

In addressing the workforce at Ferrari's Fiorano test track, Di Montezemolo said: "We managed to win, and that is down to you and I want to thank you all for it.

"You have done well and have shown, every single one of you, how to react at a difficult time. You did not lose heart and you managed to improve in all areas.

"Now, however, we must keep our feet on the ground, which is something we are used to given that we know what it means to win.

"We must take another step forward because we want to win again this year.

"To succeed in that you must all try and do your best in your daily work, trying to achieve a personal pole position.

"Effort, training and attention to detail, that's how you manage to improve in a task like this. At Silverstone you were perfect, so keep going forward like this."

Following a difficult start to season in which Ferrari managed just one podium in the opening five races - third in Turkey - the team appear to have turned a corner.

With Alonso finishing runner-up twice and now the victory in the last four races, he is starting to prove himself a challenger to Vettel.

Like Di Montezemolo, team principal Stefano Domenicali knows that whilst Alonso is some way behind Vettel, there is always hope.

"We have got back on our feet, but there is still a long way to go," said Domenicali.

"It's been quite a while already that we had the wherewithal to win, and we managed it at a track that did not look too suited to us beforehand.

"Let us continue like this. We are a long way off the leaders, but who knows, if things go in a certain way the air could begin to get more rarefied."