Mattiacci: We must not delude ourselves
28 July 2014 – Marco Mattiacci says Ferrari must keep its feet firmly on the ground after claiming a sizeable points haul at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
With Fernando Alonso finishing second and Kimi Räikkönen recovering from 16th to sixth after a nightmare qualifying session, the team jumped back ahead of Williams and into third in the Constructors' standings.
But Mattiacci, who replaced Stefano Domenicali as team boss in April, is well aware that the Italian marque faces a long road to a full recovery.
"It was a great race and very pleasing to see our team fight back from an extremely complicated Saturday," Mattiacci explained after the race.
"Kimi and Fernando demonstrated just what they are capable of and the whole team was up to the task.
"However, this result is just a step on a journey which started a few months ago. Fernando's second place is a confidence booster and a sign that the major effort everyone is making to bring Ferrari back to the top is moving in the right direction, but we have to be realistic about it.
"Here [during the Grand Prix], the weather and the track conditions levelled out the performance differences and that's why we must not delude ourselves. Now we must just go back home, set on always doing better."
Alonso's Hungarian podium was the team's second of the season, following his third place finish in China.