Ferrari has revealed the two key areas on which it will be focussing its efforts during Formula 1's mid-season break ahead of the resumption of racing in the European Grand Prix at Valencia in just under three weeks' time - qualifying and reliability.

The Scuderia suffered a double whammy in the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend, with Kimi Raikkonen giving himself a mountain to climb on race day after qualifying back on the third row of the starting grid at the Hungaroring - a circuit around which it is notoriously difficult to overtake.

Worse still, the Maranello-based outfit was then forced to endure the even greater agony of seeing the sister F2008 of Felipe Massa cruelly blow its engine almost within sight of the chequered flag after the Brazilian had dominated proceedings in a flawless performance right from the moment he got the jump on pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton when the lights went out.

"We have to take the engine apart piece-by-piece and to try to understand exactly what went wrong," explained Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali in an interview with Italian news agency ANSA, admitting that the cause of the sudden failure just 13km from the close remains a mystery. "We had zero idea or warning that something was amiss until we saw the smoke come out of the engine, and it was very bad. Unfortunately there was no signal, no information, no warning on the telemetry.

"We were very disappointed for Felipe because, in my view, he drove the best race of his career. It was fantastic the way he attacked when he had to and managed the race right up to the final laps.

"After such a big disappointment you have to take a step forward and move on, because you get stronger. This is what we are all going to do together, shoulder-to-shoulder, to prepare for the next race in Valencia."

Whilst Massa may have slipped a further four points adrift of world championship pace-setter Hamilton in the wake of his misfortune, the 27-year-old insists his title chances have not been affected.

"Things like this can happen," the S?o Paulista mused. "Sometimes racing can be very cruel, but I'm keeping my head up and will continue to be as aggressive as ever. The top three drivers are within ten points of each other and two of them drive for Ferrari, so things really aren't that bad."

Whilst Domenicali stressed that Raikkonen being told to back off in the battle over second place following Massa's retirement was entirely unrelated to his team-mate's woes, the Italian did underline that the reigning F1 World Champion needs to up his qualifying game if he is to stand a chance of successfully defending his crown come season's end.

"At the end we told him to take it easy," he related, "because we felt that we had a mechanical problem at the rear of the car so we didn't want to take any risks. We saw there was something on the mechanical side on the rear that was not properly working, [and] we wanted him to bring the car home after what we saw unfortunately with Felipe on the same lap.

"Kimi already compromised his race on Saturday by qualifying only sixth. When you start from behind it's difficult to move up - especially at a track like the Hungaroring, where it is almost impossible to overtake - in spite of having the right pace.

"There is no question that we have to change our approach to qualifying, and we have no time to lose. I think Kimi learned something in Hungary that he will already start applying in Spain.

"We [also] need to improve our situation in tricky conditions, which may be in terms of temperature, in terms of situation, weather, something like that. For sure we maybe need to prepare our cars and tyre set-up in a different way, because we saw what we suffered, for example, in Germany."

Following Heikki Kovalainen's success for McLaren-Mercedes, the Silver Arrows now sit just eleven points behind the scarlet machines in the constructors' title chase.