Felipe Massa has insisted he will put his nightmare weekend at Silverstone firmly behind him - after encountering problems from the first day of practice right through to the end of the race.

The Brazilian went into the British Grand Prix meeting in control of the Formula 1 World Championship standings, but he left again having to share that lead with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren-Mercedes' dominant race-winner Lewis Hamilton, after crashing on Friday, seeing his qualifying efforts hampered by a stubborn wheel nut on Saturday and spinning no fewer than six times during the rain-lashed race on Sunday as an abject performance brought the curtain down on three days he would rather forget as soon as possible.

"This Silverstone weekend is one to be wiped out," the 27-year-old underlined. "On Friday I had an accident, yesterday there was the problem in qualifying and today a series of mistakes at all levels. We have to look ahead, because there is still a very long way to go in the championship, and once again we've seen that it only takes one result to turn the situation around.

"After nine races I am in the lead in the classification, and I have every chance to fight for the title all the way to the end. Today, I could hardly keep the car in a straight line and it was always very difficult to drive. Only after the last pit-stop did things improve a bit, but by then I was a long way back. We have to do a good job in the forthcoming Hockenheim test to be as well-prepared as possible for the German Grand Prix that takes place on the same track."

Massa's thoughts were echoed by the Scuderia's team principal Stefano Domenicali and technical director Luca Baldisserri, both of whom stressed that such mistakes as had been allowed to happen on British soil - seeing Ferrari concede nine points to McLaren and three to BMW-Sauber on the former's home turf - must not be allowed to happen again.

"Felipe was struggling right from the start because of a lack of grip," Baldisserri reported. "His race was immediately compromised, and then it is very difficult to drive in these conditions in the middle of the pack.

"We are all very disappointed because once again we have lost valuable points. Now we have to stay concentrated, and must work even harder to improve our performance and make sure we don't make any more of these mistakes."

"We have to admit that, this weekend, we did not operate to our usual standard," reflected Domenicali. "We made mistakes at every level, and even our performance did not match our expectations; now we have to work out why, but calmly without panicking.

"We have reached the mid-point of the season; both our drivers are on equal points in the lead with one other driver in the drivers' classification, and we head the constructors' championship.

"We have lost a few opportunities to pick up a greater number of points, but we always knew this would be a very closely-contested championship. Now we will concentrate on the coming rounds and will try and do better."