Felipe Massa says Williams can beat Red Bull in the constructors' championship following a recent improvement in form.

Having been competitive in Canada, Massa and team-mate Valtteri Bottas locked out the front row in Austria and Bottas finished third. At the last race in Silverstone, Bottas was second and clearly quicker than both the Red Bulls and Ferraris, and Massa said the target for the end of the season has to be to finished second to Mercedes.

"We always need to think about better," Massa said. "We didn't improve the car so much, we improved step-by-step like we were already doing but we didn't bring pieces to make the car completely different. So I think that shows that we are doing a good job on the development, but it also shows that in the last three races were stronger than Red Bull and Ferrari.

"So if you see that in the last three races we were better than Red Bull and Ferrari in terms of pace, why can't we fight with them? We don't know what's going to happen, but for the moment we are three points behind Ferrari and we are in front of Force India and McLaren. So we need to keep fighting to stay in front but also get in front of Ferrari. Red Bull is a bit far but you never know. We still have many points available in the championship."

Related Articles

With the German Grand Prix set to be a test of rear tyre life amid hot conditions, Massa said it was no longer a weakness that Williams should be concerned about.

"I think we improved a lot on that, definitely. It's a lot regarding how we are working on the car and our set-up as well. So we even tried some different set-ups on Friday in Silverstone and the car was not as competitive on Friday compared to how it was in the race. So we tried different things on Friday and then we went back to how the car was in Austria for example and the car was competitive.

"So there is a lot to do with the set-up, a lot regarding some new parts, definitely, and there is a lot regarding the evolution we have done from the first race until now as well."