Ferrari is trying not to get too excited over its 1-2 finish in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

Team director Stefano Domenicali told Italian state radio on Monday that “it’s a long season.”

Ferrari conceded last season early due to its worst run of results since 1993, but newly signed Fernando Alonso won in his Ferrari debut and Felipe Massa finished second in his first race since nearly losing his life in a crash at last season’s Hungarian GP.

Mr. Domenicali added that Ferrari should keep its feet on the ground, saying “last year we had to swallow a very bitter pull, but this is not revenge. ... This result really pleases us because it shows that hard work pays off. We needed to create a competitive car and we achieved the goal.”

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