Felipe Massa has conceded it may be too tough an ask to out-perform the Red Bulls in the Hungarian Grand Prix, but is confident both he and Williams Martini Racing team-mate Valtteri Bottas can get the better of Fernando Alonso and Ferrari.

The Brazilian starts sixth at the Hungaroring alongside Fernando Alonso on the third row, Massa coming into the race seeking a solid result having been involved in accidents in the last two races.

Suffering with traffic on his fastest Q3 lap, Massa concedes it is unlikely he would have managed much better since he is running an 'old' floor on his FW36 to replace one damaged in his Silverstone and Hockenheim smashes.

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"I did not do a good time in Q3 as I had traffic and I didn't put the lap together. I wouldn't have put the lap together that Valtteri did but I was going to start maybe one position higher. I did a 1m 24.0 in Q2 and then everyone improved two or three tenths, but I had traffic so I had to overtake three or four cars and then I had another car opening up in the last corner and I was a bit close.

"I don't have the same car as my team-mate and this is affecting my performance. We know how much we have improved the car from the beginning of the season but I am using a floor that we used in China and Barcelona. Going back is never positive, so I am struggling with the balance this weekend."

Looking ahead to the race, though Massa plays down the prospect of Williams getting the better of Red Bull around the higher downforce circuit, he is confident he can get the better of his former Ferrari team-mate for a top five result.

"I think beating Red Bull will be difficult even for Valtteri but we must try to do the best we can, so if we have the possibility to get both cars in front of Fernando is very positive too."