Felipe Massa believes Red Bull is being helped by high temperatures at the German Grand Prix and could challenge Mercedes for pole position.

Daniel Ricciardo was just 0.1s off the fastest time in FP2 while no other car got within half a second of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. While Massa was pleased with the performance Williams was showing, he told Crash.net after the end of practice that the conditions could help Red Bull get closer to the championship leaders.

"I think the temperature maybe helps to be honest," Massa said. "They have a lot of downforce in the car so for sure they lose a little bit of speed but maybe they use the tyres a little bit better. Even on the supersoft at the end of the lap many teams were losing a bit of grip so maybe they use less.

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"Anyway, Red Bull is a quick car, independent of the track they are going to be competitive. I still believe Mercedes is the best car in the field but let's wait and see tomorrow after qualifying."

Asked if he felt Williams could challenge for pole as it did in Austria, Massa replied: "It's not really easy to be sure you're going to have the car to fight for pole position but we need to try everything we can."

And despite track temperatures reaching 58C Massa said Williams had no trouble with the supersoft tyre after struggling for rear tyre life earlier in the season.

"It's pretty hot but honestly I was more happy with the supersofts compared to the softs. Sometimes things happen that you don't understand, but it's not just me; I saw some other cars going longer on the supersofts and being better on the supersofts compared to the softs. So we need to be ready for everything and try to use these tyres the best way we can in the race. If it's dry anyway."