Felipe Massa says he is hopeful he can make up ground in the Canadian Grand Prix from the latter half of the grid after being struck by reliability issues on his Williams.

The Brazilian was dumped out of Q1 after an issue charging the battery left him down on power around one of the highest-speed circuits on the F1 calendar.

Though he will gain positions as a result of penalties ahead, Massa believes it will still be difficult to make up ground even though he is the only non-Mercedes powered car to be starting outside the top ten.

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"These things happen," he said. "When it is a technical problem, you can't do anything. We change what we can change and tomorrow is another day. Unfortunately it was going to be a good qualifying for us, the car is competitive, maybe we could have had both cars in the top five.

"For sure it is better to be on a track that you can overtake, maybe here we can overtake. Starting 15th there is a lot of time you can lose by being in the middle of the pack but overtaking is possible so maybe we can do many in the race."

With the problem traced to a mechanism in the turbocharger, Rob Smedley says Massa does not face a penalty for the fix.

"It was a fixing within the wastegate mechanism of the turbocharger that failed, so it will be changed for tomorrow. That was the physical reason and it just effectively meant in very simple terms he just didn't have any power. It was very difficult to charge the battery as well from the hybrid system from the MGU-H. So effectively we were just missing lots of power and couldn't do anything about it."