Felipe Massa admitted that his retirement from the Spanish Grand Prix was a 'fitting end to a terrible weekend'.

Like Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso, the Brazilian struggled with the harder compound Pirelli tyre as he slipped down the order and then suffered a spin at turn ten as he struggled on the prime rubber.

Although he looked set to score at least a handful of points, Massa's race would ultimately end in disappointment when a gearbox problem forced him to park up in the closing stages.

Having retired from the Spanish race for the first time in his career, Massa will now hope to bounce back next weekend in Monaco, where the hard tyre that was the root of his problems won't be used.

"Towards the end of the race I could not select the gears and I had to stop at the side of the track: it was a fitting end to a terrible weekend," he said. "Luckily, we can start again immediately, with the Monaco race, which is something of a second home race for me, given that I live in the Principality. Also luckily, we will not have the hard tyres we had today that really did not work for us.

"When we went from the option to the prime we began to suffer more and more: there was no grip and I was struggling to keep the car on track. Thanks to the strategy, we had managed to pass the Mercedes and Petrov's Renault, but it all came to nothing in the end. We did not have enough aerodynamic downforce to get the hard tyres to work properly, as indeed we have already seen at other races, but here it was even more of a problem."