Williams duo "in the fight" for Austrian GP podium

Felipe Massa is optimistic Williams will be in the fight for the podium in tomorrow's Austrian Grand Prix.

Massa followed up his 2014 Austrian GP pole with a solid fourth place today, leaving Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas behind in sixth.

Massa felt that he could have been closer to third man Sebastian Vettel, although he conceded that it would have been hard to beat the Ferrari.

"I think we are in the fight, especially with Ferrari in qualifying," he said. "So we were not far away. I didn't have the perfect lap on the last try, so for sure I would have been quicker having a better lap.

"I'm not sure enough to be third, but very close.

"But anyway I think the car behaved very well on the long run yesterday, so I think we are in the fight tomorrow."

Regarding prospects for the race, he said: "I think it will be dry, at least just looking on my phone. I don't know if it's correct or not! I hope it's dry, because we drove this morning in the wet and it was undriveable, it was really, really difficult for us, so I hope it's dry.

"Tomorrow is a very interesting race for us. We have Vettel in front, very strong, but also Kimi is a little bit behind, which can be a help. So let's try."

Teammate Bottas is also confident that the car will be strong in race trim.

"I think the race pace should be pretty good," he said. "I think we should be at least as strong as we were in Canada. I think anything is possible tomorrow."

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Series Formula 1
Event Austrian GP
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Felipe Massa , Valtteri Bottas
Teams Williams
Article type Breaking news