Felipe Massa says he is expecting a competitive weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix, despite admitting it is a circuit that wouldn't normally suit the Williams.
With the most recent generations of the Mercedes-powered Williams' specialising in high-speed cornering, the high downforce, relatively low speed Hungaroring has been identified as a potentially weak round for the team.
However, though both Massa and Valtteri Bottas struggled at Monaco with its high downforce configuration, the Brazilian is confident the team has made enough improvements in recent rounds that it can go significantly better in Hungary.
“This circuit wouldn't normally suit our car because it's quite low speed, but we have improved the car so much in recent races with the upgrades we have introduced so we should have another competitive weekend,” he said.
Massa describes the Hungarian Grand Prix as a 'special race' as it was here where he suffered life-threatening injuries during the 2009 race when he was struck by a spring from a car up ahead. As a result, Massa says he doesn't forget the support in the wake of that moment.
“Hungary is a special place for me,” he continued. “I have a lot of fans there after my accident in 2009 and since then the people have really got behind me which is great.”