Massa optimistic for second half of season
3 August 2014 – Felipe Massa hopes that Williams can go from strength to strength during the second half of the season.
After recording just five points during a dismal 2013, the Grove-based team has notched up a much improved total of 135 over the current campaign's opening 11 races, placing it fourth in the championship standings.
And whilst the latest Hungaroring round proved more troublesome due to the circuit's tight and twisty layout, Massa is optimistic that the upcoming, high-speed circuits will play to the strengths of the FW36 chassis.
The Brazilian reckons this could in turn provide the outfit with a genuine opportunity to challenge Mercedes.
"I'm sure we can have a very good second half of the season, looking at the car behaviour until now," he said.
"Spa and Monza should suit us, maybe Austin and Brazil, and in Abu Dhabi there are some good straights. The car can be competitive at many tracks, not just Spa and Monza, but maybe at those we can be stronger.
"It won't be easy, but it's not impossible that at these tracks we will have more of a chance against Mercedes."
Despite Williams slipping behind Ferrari in Hungary, Massa has not ruled out the possibility of overturning to 84-point gap to second-placed Red Bull and finishing the season as the best of the rest behind Mercedes.
"When you look at the maths and there is this possibility, why not? We need to fight for that," he added.
"We need to try to do everything. If we do a perfect job from now until the last race then it can be possible."