Felipe Massa says Williams won't suffer the same problems it did at Monaco because of the Hungaroring's different circuit characteristics.
The Brazilian driver is adamant he can bury the bad memories of Monaco where he and team-mate Valtteri Bottas toiled on the slow speed track and says although the Hungarian GP circuit is considered a slower circuit, the corner speeds and conditions make it a different challenge.
“Here is nothing compared to Monaco,” Massa said. “It is a different track, different asphalt, how the tyres behave… It looks like a slow track but the corners are higher speed compared to Monaco, so I don't think it is not a problem for us. Maybe it is not the best track and I prefer other tracks, but I believe we can be there, fight and have a good weekend.”
Massa ended free practice two P19, a tenth of a second down on Bottas, but feels Williams is in the process of moving towards a fight at the front despite a 'difficult' day.
“I think the expectation is to do a good qualifying but also a competitive race like we had in the last races,” he said. “It think we need to carry on doing the same and to be as competitive as possible if we have a chance to fight for the podium or even the victory.
“Today was a difficult day to understand the tyres for this temperature. We know Sunday will be cooler than today and maybe we can see a difference in the tyres compared to today, so let's wait and see.”
Massa also explains he didn't test out the new nose brought to Hungary and has remained tight-lipped about Williams true pace compared to the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull.
“For sure, when I see Friday, we never show where we are compared to the others,” he added. “At Silverstone we were not so quick then in the race we were fighting for the victory. I hope we can see a similar picture.”