Felipe Massa: "Now,the work in terms of finding the right set-up at every track seems much more automatic" © Getty Images
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Felipe Massa is confident that he has put his early-season problems behind him with the help of his race engineer Rob Smedley.

Massa scored just two points from the first five races, but at the last three events has shown improved pace and scored a further nine points. He is confident the worst of his problems are solved thanks to the recent progress he has made with the help of Smedley.

"I've worked with Rob since 2006, starting with him as my race engineer at the Nurburgring," Massa told the Ferrari website. "After all this time, he knows exactly what I want and need from a car and he understands everything about my driving style. However, every year the car changes, the tyres are different and many other elements change from one year to the next so we always have to learn together.

"This year, for example, the first few races were a bit difficult, but from then on we changed direction in some areas and now, the work in terms of finding the right set-up at every track seems much more automatic. At this point of the season I feel much stronger thanks to this."

However, Massa was not willing to make a prediction about Ferrari's potential at this weekend's British Grand Prix.

"It's difficult to have a clear picture of how competitive we should be," he added. "Especially this year, we have seen results in the races that we could never have expected. Silverstone is a very different track to the last few, so we need to be ready for everything and arrive as well prepared as possible.

"Who knows, maybe Silverstone can be even better than expected for us. But if you look at Valencia where we had 13 cars in three tenths in Q2, it shows you really cannot make predictions this season. However, we believe our car is not too bad in the high speed corners and so I feel we should discover a good F2012 when we start practice there on Friday."