Felipe Massa is feeling confident for the Italian Grand Prix after putting his Ferrari on the second row of the grid.

Massa will line-up in fourth place for the twelfth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship and after beating team-mate Fernando Alonso in Q3 - despite having to try and make sure he gave the Spaniard a tow - the Brazilian was happy with his afternoon's work.

"I am very pleased with this qualifying result because, compared to yesterday, the car has improved and this makes me confident for the race," he confirmed.

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"In Q3, I managed to put together a very good lap, making the most of [Mark] Webber's slipstream.

"It was a great help having him ahead of me by four seconds and even if maybe I lost time at Ascari, I am still satisfied with my performance."

Massa is now targeting a good race to delight the Scuderia's home fans, and given he has only managed one podium this season, and that was back in May at the Spanish Grand Prix, another rostrum is rather overdue. Such a result, of course, wouldn't do his own cause any harm either as he looks to retain his seat for 2014.

"Tomorrow's race will be a tough one," he added.

"Even if the weather forecast is uncertain though, we will be ready for anything and will try our best to get all the potential out of our car.

"It would be fantastic to give all the fans who are here at our home race to support us with so much affection a reason to be happy," he concluded.