Fernando Alonso said his shock Malaysian Grand Prix victory "changes nothing" and that Ferrari still faces a huge amount of work to be fully competitive in normal circumstances.
Alonso came through from eighth on the grid to beat Sauber's Sergio Perez to victory in the rain-affected Sepang race. While delighted with the result, Alonso underlined that it did not mean Ferrari had conquered its problems.
"A big surprise today," he said. "I think we were not competitive in Australia and not competitive here, and the goal was to score as many points as possible, and today it was 25 – so an unbelievable result.
"A great result for the team – good result in Q3, and today keeping calm in extreme conditions. Congratulations to team, who deserve this victory. This is a tough time at the moment, but for sure we will remember this Sunday."
Asked if the win would give Ferrari fresh motivation for its fightback, Alonso replied: "It changes nothing, to be honest. We are in a position that we don't want to be: fighting to get into Q3 and fighting to score some points. We want to fight for poles and victories so definitely in these first two races we found ourselves off the pace.
"The aim was to not lose too many points, and we didn't lose any points. This is positive news about these first two races, but coming to China, Bahrain and Barcelona there is a lot of stuff coming, the team is putting in a lot of effort. We trust each other and this win will make us very happy in the next two days in the factory but does not change determination to keep on winning."
Perez closed rapidly on Alonso in the dry closing laps, and looked set to pass the Ferrari until making a small error. Alonso admitted that Ferrari was still too slow in normal circumstances.
"On consistency we were comfortable but we were not quick enough," he said. "We were lucky enough to maintain the position."