Felipe Massa is aiming for a repeat of his flying start at Silverstone in the Hungarian Grand Prix after an underwhelming qualifying sees him line up eighth on the grid.

The Williams pair of Massa and Valtteri Bottas bolted off the grid at the team's home race, with the Brazilian snatching the lead from Lewis Hamilton and he believes another quick sprint down to turn one will be key to a positive result at the Hungaroring.

"I'm really confident we can have a good start tomorrow," Massa said. "I don't know if we can start like Silverstone because Silverstone maybe was the best of the best so we need to concentrate to have the same. But I'm looking for us to be strong at the start and if you pass cars it is already a good sign for the race, so we will try."

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Reflecting on his qualifying performance, Massa says he wasn't too far off where he anticipated to be but is frustrated by his drop from challenging for the rostrum down to P8.

"Well maybe I expected one or two positions better, but we are not far away from where we are supposed to be in terms of how our car is compared to the others," he said. "It's true that when you see you are third, fighting pretty hard in the race before and then you get here and we are P6 and P8 it is a little bit frustrating, but we know it's also not the best track for us."

After Williams' trials at slower speed circuits this season Massa is adamant that a strong performance against the Ferraris and Red Bulls this weekend will make the second half of the season very promising.

"I said in Silverstone if we get here and we are very competitive here it means we will have no problems at whatever track we go to. Maybe it is not the case, but I still believe it is a race that we can score good points."