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Ferrari cannot dwell on Hungary - Mattiacci

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Marco Mattiacci says he will not let Ferrari lose focus going into the summer break on the back of Fernando Alonso's second position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Alonso's second podium of 2014 was a welcome result for a team which has been off the pace of the likes of Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams this season. Kimi Raikkonen also came home in sixth in a race shaped by weather and safety car periods but team principal Mattiacci is refusing to get carried away with what the result means to Ferrari in the long run.

"I don't believe in luck," Mattiacci said when asked Ferrari had been helped by the safety car. "I think we got the best out of this race but we are not here to give the audience second place."

The teams now head into the summer break knowing a shutdown is in effect for two of the four weeks, but Mattiacci insists the team's focus will remain throughout.

"We will not stop thinking about how the projects will work, so there is no shut down there. We are behind by 1.2s behind the leader, that's a month or year's work so we cannot shut down mentally. That's why I think we need to be careful about this second place because need to be cautious and aware there is still work to be done. It is good, motivating, but now the team really has to understand the meaning of this second place. It doesn't put us away from our trajectory of thinking. We are not here to be happy with second place as Ferrari."

After the qualifying blunder which left Kimi Raikkonen starting 17th Mattiacci insists he will not make an impulse decision to change Ferrari's decision-making process either.

"I think you need to be very careful to take a decision based on what happened in a weekend. Like I said we have a plan and we have highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the team. It's not a weekend that is going to change for the worst, Saturday, or the best, second place, neither are going to change the way we want to go. Kimi is right that we need to be vigilant on such decisions but it is a team decision."

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