Felipe Massa is confident he could have turned in a faster lap time in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, but nonetheless well placed from fourth position at the Red Bull Ring.

The Brazilian, who was a surprise pole sitter for Williams last season, starts from the second row in fourth position having made the most of the FW37's upgrades this weekend to get within three tenths of third place Sebastian Vettel.

Leaving it until the final stages to attempt a quick lap, though Massa believes he could have gone quicker, he doesn't think it would have been quite enough to get on terms with Vettel.

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"I could have gone quicker, but I don't know if it was enough to beat Sebastian or just to get up there with very little difference," he said. "I chose to do three timed laps and I think one timed lap straight away was the best, waiting until the last moment to go out just for one lap.

"If I did that maybe I would have got yellow flags so it would not have changed anything, but I think in terms of lap time I could have gone quicker, for sure."

With confidence about his pace on long runs, Massa is hopeful of taking the fight to Ferrari in the race.

"The long run I did yesterday was very good, it was very consistent, very good for the tyres and everything so for sure if we have that tomorrow we will be there in the fight."