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Domenicali hopes win sparks Ferrari resurgence

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Stefano Domenicali: "I am sure Red Bull and McLaren will push like hell" © Getty Images

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is hoping Fernando Alonso's victory at the British Grand Prix will mark the start of a string of wins in the second half of the season.

Alonso put an end to Ferrari's disappointing start to the season when he drove to his first victory at Silverstone ahead of the dominant Red Bulls.

The Italian team had earmarked the British Grand Prix as a turning point ahead of the weekend, and brought a substantial set of upgrades to the rear of the car to make it happen. Asked if Ferrari would continue to improve this season, Domenicali joked: "I would pay for it!"

He added: "For sure we will try and put more updates on the car, that's our objective. Our goal is to try and win some other races and for sure that's the goal we are going to have at the Nurburgring."

He also pointed out that the result had been on the cards for a number of races now.

"I hope that we can be fighting for the leading position, but we must not forget at the last couple of races we were quite competitive. If you think back to Monte Carlo, and then in Canada, we could have done a really great job. For sure we have improved and this is the reward for all the team, we really hope to do races like today in the next part of the season."

But Domenicali is not underestimating the quality of the opposition.

"Now we are focused on our job but I am sure Red Bull and McLaren will push like hell - also Mercedes - to move up a step with performance - it's a never-ending story," he said. "If they are going to be better at the Nurburgring we will see, but for sure they are going to push like hell in order to make sure they put some upgrades on and be stronger. Let's wait and see."

The Ferrari boss is also keeping his title aspirations in check with Alonso 92 points adrift of Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari 164 points behind Red Bull in the constructors' race.

"With the championship I want to remain cautious," he said. "But never say never. I don't look at the classification at the moment, I just say we need to push and never give up. If in the last couple of races we are able to achieve good results then we will see. But at the moment we must stay focused on our hob without looking too much at the top [of the championship]."

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