Ferrari's Felipe Massa put in the come-back drive of the day at Silverstone on Sunday when he charged through the field to claim fifth place overall in the British Grand Prix.

It all went wrong for Felipe at the start, when a technical problem left him stranded on the start-finish straight in his F2007 and unable to take advantage of his fourth spot on the grid.

Forced to start from the pit-lane as his rivals formed up again for a second go, the Brazilian had a mountain to climb to get back in the points. Massa though never let his head go down and was a man on a mission as he looked to salvage the maximum points possible. He eventually had to settle for 4 points and fifth position having been unable to overhaul the BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica in the closing stages.

"All things considered, I am happy with what I achieved today. It's clear I could have had a very different race without the problem at the start, but racing is like that," he said philosophically. "Sometimes everything goes your way and other times, unexpected things shatter all your plans and you have to try and make the best of the situation.

"At the start, the engine died, but I have not realised yet what had happened. It's a shame because I had a great car today and this will be a race I will remember."

Asked if he was frustrated by the situation at the start, especially as he might have been in contention for the win - or at the very least a podium place, he added that it was definitely a blow.

"Of course I am disappointed at having lost points in the classification but that's life and we have to accept what happened," he continued.

"In the final stint of the race I quickly caught up with Kubica and I was sure I could pass him. But when I was in his slipstream I was losing so much downforce and I could not get close enough. I hope things come good in the European Grand Prix now: we will have to get both our cars ahead of the McLarens."

Ferrari boss, Jean Todt meanwhile was quick to salute the performance of his number two driver: "Felipe drove an extraordinary race but was penalized with a technical problem at the start, which meant he had to start the race from the pit lane. Considering this handicap, finishing fifth is really impressive," Todt summed-up.

 

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