Felipe Massa says his sixth place finish in the Spanish Grand Prix was a "good result", considering where he started.

The Brazilian lined-up in ninth in his Williams, after running off at Turn 3 on his single flying lap during Q3 on Saturday.

Then, despite losing out in Turn 2 after an "amazing start", he soon hauled himself up, eventually finishing 21.3s adrift of Kimi Raikkonen after opting for a three-stopper.

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"The start was amazing, I passed many cars into corner one, then in corner two they were a bit slow on the inside, so I tried to pass on the outside, but I think [Carolos] Sainz pushed me off into the gravel and I lost maybe another two positions," Massa recalled

"Fortunately I passed these guys back straight away on the first two laps, so it was good. I was in front of Kimi so it would have been better to stay there, but I lost the position [as the race went on].

"All-in-all though, the race was good. The second stint I was behind Kimi, so I lost probably a bit too much on the tyres to be behind him, and the third stint I was not in a good shape with the hard tyres.

"Looking at where I started and the race, I think it was a good result for us. We were in the fight with Ferrari and had a good gap to Red Bull."

Meanwhile, Massa added the tweaks Williams brought to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya all worked as hoped and that the next batch should come for Canada.

"It felt like as expected. We did not have a big upgrade here, but everything we brought we used and is giving what we expected," he confirmed.