Felipe Massa says he's confident his Williams team will recover from its blip last time out in Monaco and the Montreal track will suit the strengths of his FW37 car.

The 34-year-old Brazilian failed to finish in the points for the first time this season at the Monaco Grand Prix in a miserable weekend for Williams who lost vital ground in the championship to Mercedes and Ferrari.

Massa is determined to ensure the race was just a small lapse and says the team's strengths can be optimised at the high-speed circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

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"We know the FW37 is similar and so should be quick at this particular track," Massa said. "The Montreal circuit is completely different to the last race and we fully expect our performance levels to be back to where they were at the start of the season.

"We should be able to start getting closer to Ferrari and have a real battle with them and the other teams around us."

The Williams driver is also hoping to banish the memories of the disappointing result last year in Canada, when he collided with Force India's Sergio Perez on the last lap while battling for fourth place.

"Last year was a good race and we showed strong pace all weekend, but unfortunately for me it didn't end in the best possible way," he said.

Massa will look to improve on his recent F1 record in Canada, as the Brazilian driver has not achieved a top five finish in Montreal since 2008. His best career result in Montreal was a fourth place in 2005 while driving for Sauber.