Felipe Massa is 'hopeful' Ferrari will be more able to fight for the top places in Sunday's Indian Grand Prix.
Massa will line-up sixth on the gird for the 17th round in the 2012 F1 World Championship, one spot behind team-mate, Fernando Alonso, and while he was pretty happy with a place on the third row, like Alonso, he conceded that recent updates made to the F2012 might not be enough.
“I am reasonably pleased with sixth place, even if maybe, but for a mistake at Turn 6 on my run in Q3, I could have started from further forward,” Massa said. “In Qualifying Red Bull is faster, while McLaren was only just ahead and then it's us. In the races, however, things are a bit different and we hope we can fight with these four cars for the top places.
“There are many key points for tomorrow: the start, strategy, tyre wear and not making mistakes. We will need to be very focused because it will be a very long race.
“Today, it wasn't easy to put together the perfect lap, partly because the track surface was still quite slippery. We have brought updates here which seem to work, but maybe it's not enough to be ahead of our closest rivals.”
Ferrari technical director, Pat Fry meanwhile admitted that the Scuderia had been aiming to be a few places further forward.
“We were hoping to at least get our cars onto the second row, but we did not hit our target, even if we did get close,” he continued. “The result reflects our current potential, but in order to be where we wanted and where we were capable of being meant we needed to be perfect today and we weren't.
“Sure, we want to have the quickest car of all and we are not there yet. We brought some updates for the car here: nothing revolutionary but it did produce a step forward, otherwise we would have been even further back, given that all the top teams are pushing to the maximum on development.
“Tomorrow's race looks like being very interesting, partly because tyre degradation seems lower than usual.
“We must try and do everything perfectly to stay in the fight for the title right to the end. We are all pushing as hard as we can to try and give our drivers' the best car possible.”