Massa: Williams will be second best in Germany
8 July 2014 – Felipe Massa is hopeful Williams will be the second quickest team again at the German Grand Prix.
Massa was forced out of the British Grand Prix after getting caught up in Kimi Räikkönen's crash on the opening lap and had to watch from the sidelines as team-mate Valtteri Bottas took a second place finish.
The Brazilian was quickest, however, on the opening day of the third in-season test at Silverstone and is now feeling bullish ahead of round 10 in the championship.
"The car was so competitive during the race," Massa told the gathered media, including GPUpdate.net.
"We couldn't be so competitive during the practice sessions as we changed something on the set-up which was not positive but then we went back to the car we had in Austria and it was competitive in the race.
"I couldn't do the race, but it was a very positive result for us as it shows the car was the quickest car in Canada, apart from Mercedes, again in Austria and even here, so it's really positive for us. I hope we get to Germany and are the second quickest team.
"This can be very important to recover the points and put us in the big fight for a top three position in the Constructor's Championship."
Asked if he tested any parts specifically for Hockenheim, Massa replied: "Not so much to be honest. It [Silverstone] is a different track, but we were trying ideas for the future, maybe even next year.
"I didn't do so much for Hockenheim but the car showed good pace straightaway and it was good."
As for how the team will fare in the two races prior to Formula 1's summer break, Massa said Germany is likely to provide a better chance than Hungary, although he is hopeful the FW36 can be strong everywhere.
"I think Germany is a little bit more similar to here and Canada. Hungary is different – the engine counts a lot less, [and there are] a lot of corners where you need good downforce. Maybe the car can be more competitive in Germany than Hungary.
"But we have new things for Hungary that should make the car better for this type of track. I hope we can be competitive everywhere from now."