Felipe Massa insists that Ferrari's disappointing performance in the recent Turkish Grand Prix will only serve to spur the Italian giant into action as it bids to challenge Red Bull Racing and McLaren for the Formula One world championship.
Although the Brazilian gained a minor morale boost by out-qualifying team-mate Fernando Alonso for the second race running, he managed to gain just one place in the race, finishing seventh overall, with the Spaniard moving from twelfth to eighth by the chequered flag, as Ferrari's 800th GP appearance celebrations fizzled out. Even then, however, the place gained was due to Sebastian Vettel's retirement as Massa endured what he described, amongst other things, as a boring race.
"I think the only honest way to describe it is as the poorest performance from Scuderia Ferrari so far this season," he reflected on the team's official website, "We were uncompetitive through the whole weekend, from Friday through to Sunday, and struggled in every session, especially qualifying.
"So, when it came to the race, I think we did the best we could do, given our pace and our position on the grid. It was a shame, given that the Istanbul track is one of my favourites, and somewhere I have won three times in the past at the wheel of a great car. This time, it was not so positive, but no way are we going to give up and we must just keep on working and try to fight back immediately."
Although he now languishes seventh in the championship standings, having led the way after two rounds, Massa is confident that Ferrari can find a solution to its woes which, in his particular case, appears to surround getting the best out of its tyres, as well as pushing ahead with upgrades to match those being introduced by RBR and McLaren.
"We can do it, because we did a fantastic job over the last winter and came out with a great car at the start of the year, which was a massive improvement compared to the car with which we ended the 2009 season," the Brazilian insisted, "At that point, we had found the right direction to take in working on the car. However, from a certain moment of the season up until now, our development has not seen the car improve as much as we had hoped for or expected and, in the same time period, we saw our competitors improve their cars significantly.
"This is the situation facing us now, so we must start by understanding why the good direction we had up until that moment has not continued. I am sure we can do it, because Ferrari has the capacity in terms of the people working for the team and also because it has come from behind in the past to again be competitive with the very best cars on the grid."
Massa lies 26 points adrift of championship leader Mark Webber, and twelve behind team-mate Alonso, as the F1 circus heads to Canada in a week's time but, with the revised scoring system in place this season, knows that it would only take a couple of good results to catapult him back into the reckoning.
"As far as the championships are concerned, the situation is not yet in a critical position for us," he confirmed, "Given that there are still twelve races to go, it is 100 per cent open, which means we can still fight for both championships.
"However, at the moment, it's true that Red Bull has a better performance level, as it has done all season, while McLaren - which was behind us a few races ago - is now ahead of us in terms of their car performance. We simply have to push hard to try and get ahead again. If the ability to achieve this goal is based on our desire to do so, then I am confident we can improve."