Felipe Massa has admitted that he needs to get back to winning ways after seeing Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen take the laurels at each of the last two grands prix.

Despite not starting on pole, Raikkonen won the races in France and Britain as Ferrari raised its game to take on McLaren, and Massa knows that opportunities to enhance his own championship challenge slipped by on both occasions. He led at Magny-Cours, only to be out-fumbled by his team-mate at the final pit-stop, and stalled on the grid at Silverstone, forcing him to launch a comeback drive that eventually yielded fifth place.

While his recovery from a problem not of his making earned plaudits both from the Silverstone crowd and his own crew, the Brazilian knew that, like second row partner Fernando Alonso, he should have been battling for the victory.

"Some people have suggested that Silverstone was one of my best drives, and I guess they could be right - but only in one way," he wrote on Ferrari's official website, "It might have be one of my best drives, it might have entertained the crowd, but I cannot consider it one of my best races at the moment.

"I could see people in the grandstand waving me on and, after the race, many people congratulated me. Even the team greeted me as though it was my best ever result and their reaction was even stronger than if I had won. But the feeling inside was all about the frustration at losing points.

"To be honest, I enjoyed the driving and having a very good race [after] starting from the back. It was a very positive result, but it was also very negative because of what happened at the start. In some ways, I could not enjoy it. When I finished the race, even if I had delivered a fantastic performance, I could not be happy. It was a race where I should have been fighting for the win.

"When you look at the championship situation and how competitive it is this year, and then you see so many points escaping from you, it's not possible to be happy."

Although he has slipped to fourth in the points race, behind team-mate Raikkonen, Massa is confident that this weekend's European Grand Prix can produce a turn around in fortunes.

"I expect the F2007 will again be very competitive [at the Nurburgring]," he claimed, "Last year, I finished third there and it was my first ever F1 podium. From a technical point of view, the Spa test was really good and the car seems to respond very well to changes. Hopefully, this time, we can be back on the podium - but in a better position. I have good memories of last year, but we always want more!"

 

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