Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has warned his team against getting too excited by Fernando Alonso's important victory in the Korean Grand Prix,as he urges it to maintain its focus for the final two races of the season.
Alonso's triumph in the rain-hit Korean race has moved him to the head of the title standings with only the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix to go. But, despite the 11-point advantage Alonso holds over his rivals, Domenicali is adamant that Ferrari cannot feel as though the championship is within its grasp.
"The mission is to stay cool, keep very concentrated and without over-reacting to a great part to the season," said Domenicali. "Now is the time to stay really concentrated, be humble and prepare for the races in the best way we can because the competitors are very, very strong. We cannot afford to have any kind of problems. I think that will be the difference.
"So we want to have the preparation, the reliability – and then of course to manage the race with no mistakes. That is speaking about us, my engineers, my mechanics, Fernando and also Felipe [Massa]."
Domenicali believes that the key to Ferrari's resurgence in the standings, which has seen Alonso win three of the last four grands prix, has been in keeping its mental resolve even throughout the troubles it faced earlier in the season.
"It is a strong message for the strong mental approach to the races, but I have to keep the right approach to the guys not to get their feet off the ground. We have to stay concentrated because up to now we have not done anything. There are a lot of points to be scored and the other thing that I want to say is that with the fact that Red Bull today did not score any points, the other [constructors'] championship is there. It is very difficult, but still there. So we don't want to give up to anything up until the end."
Domenicali also praised the efforts of Felipe Massa, who took a podium finish following difficult races in Singapore and Japan.
"I am very pleased for him today after a lot of pressure and a difficult period," he said. "I am pleased to see him back in business with the right way and the right approach. He was able to handle the situation and this is what we need. I am happy for him and happy for his guys."