Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali praised Fernando Alonso’s mental toughness after the Spaniard took victory in the Singapore Grand Prix.
Alonso moved up to second place in the championship standings after adding to his win at Monza last time out with another triumph under the lights at the Marina Bay circuit.
After grabbing pole position the Spaniard controlled the race from start to finish, despite two safety car periods bunching the field together.
And even though Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull put him under pressure in the closing stages, Alonso held on to the delight of his team.
“Fernando again proved what he is made of, in terms of driving ability and his mental attitude,” Domenicali said.
“The first and most important brick in this particular wall was put in place with pole position.
“If we had not started from the front, it would most likely have been impossible to overtake the Red Bull (of Vettel) which proved to be so strong on track.”
Alonso now trails Mark Webber by 11 points but Domenicali says that the team needs to focus on winning more races before starting championship calculations.
He added: “We have now picked up two very nice wins in a row on tracks with completely different characteristics, but we are still behind in both championships.
“We must continue to work like this, if at all possible, multiplying our efforts to try and fight all the way to the finish. The maths will be done only at the end, on November 14 in Abu Dhabi.”
Alonso believes the victory shows he now has the package to compete at any track after being the fastest in both a low-downforce set-up at Monza and high-downforce configuration in Singapore.
“This win is very significant,” the double world champion said.
“We wanted to confirm our success in Monza at a very different type of track, and we succeeded at the end of a very hard and extremely stressful race.
“Singapore is physically the toughest race of the season, with no room to breathe with 24 corners.
“So this win means a lot to keep fighting in the championship, and with four races to go it seems we can be competitive for those.”