Felipe Massa is raring to go for the Italian Grand Prix and feels his Williams FW37 has the fight to challenge for the podium in his bid to repeat his third place from last season.

The Brazilian driver is a favourite with the Italian crowds after his eight years driving for Ferrari and hails the Monza circuit as a 'very special' place to compete. Last year Massa thanked the Italian fans for their respect after he grabbed his maiden podium with Williams since leaving Ferrari at the end of 2013.

"Monza is one of the best circuits to drive, the layout is quick with some very fast corners," Massa said. "The local area is fantastic with good weather, great food and fans who are very passionate about Formula One. Standing on the Monza podium is very special and I'm lucky enough to have a lot of supporters in Italy."

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Massa is confident the Williams package will be suited to the Italian track and along with team-mate Valtteri Bottas looks forward to getting to grips with the team's dedicated aerodynamic package for Monza.

"As a team we have had some good results there, including our podium last year," Massa said. "Our car should be suited well to the characteristics of the circuit but we will have to work hard to make sure that we leave Italy with a good result."