Fernando Alonso was delighted with Ferrari's return to form at the Turkish Grand Prix and warned his rivals this is only the start of their comeback.
Alonso won the team's first podium finish of 2011, taking third place in Istanbul after a race-long battle with Red Bull's Mark Webber.
"This has to be only the first step to our recovery," said Alonso. "There is a lot more to come I am sure.
"We want to win races and now we need to move forward."
Alonso came within four points of winning the title last year but the Italian marque have seen rivals Red Bull and McLaren surge ahead in the first three races of the new campaign.
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Alonso, who is the team's de facto number one driver, finished fourth in Australia but was then beaten on track by his team-mate Felipe Massa in Malaysia and China.
Ferrari heavily upgraded their stuttering car in Turkey, including adding a new front and rear wing, but it was not immediately obvious that they made the step forward as Alonso was beset by reliability problems in practice.
And after qualifying in fifth at Istanbul Park, Alonso was relieved by Ferrari's comeback on Sunday.
"We were in condition to be second in Malaysia," reflected Alonso, who won two world titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006. "But I touched with Hamilton when he was passing for third.
"Here we had another opportunity and finally we took it. We had some issues on Friday but Saturday and Sunday were perfect for the team and for the strategy.
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