Felipe Massa insists the momentum gained by Williams' results in Canada must be carried into the return to Europe, starting this weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The Brazilian battled back from a difficult qualifying to finish sixth in Montreal, while his team-mate Valtteri Bottas claimed the final rostrum spot, and now moves to a circuit which should favour the Williams FW37. Last year Massa claimed pole position, his first in F1 since 2008, and finished the race in fourth place.
“Hopefully this year we can have a repeat or at least something similar, as we are looking to build on the momentum we have following Canada,” Massa said. “The circuit in Austria is a great track, very fast and really enjoyable to drive. Our car is normally suited to this track and I will never forget my pole position last year.”
Rob Smedley, Williams Head of Performance Engineering, has backed his driver's claims and feels the British squad has learnt from its difficulties from Monaco and can challenge for podium places at the Red Bull Ring.
“We are coming out of a race where we've shown great pace and good tyre management so going into Austria we can be confident of aiming for the front again,” Smedley explained. “We want to push on and try to close up to Ferrari. It's a circuit where we can make points on them and that is our target."