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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Massa out to repeat Williams Austria trick

Felipe Massa sees the Austrian Grand Prix as one of the races Williams as an ideal opportunity to battle for the podium as he aims to fire up his campaign.
Felipe Massa sees the Austrian Grand Prix as one of the races Williams as an ideal opportunity to battle at the front after the British team's record at Spielberg as he looks to fire up his 2016 campaign.

With speculation circling about his future at Williams after Jenson Button has been linked with a move, Massa is targeting his first podium of the season at the same track he claimed his opening rostrum in 2015.

Since Spielberg returned to the F1 calendar in 2014 Massa has also claimed a pole position as well as a podium and thanks to Williams' impressive run of results he is aiming for a repeat and act as the strongest challengers to the dominant Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

“I've had some great races in Austria over the previous two years,” Massa said. “Last year I was on the podium in third. The year before, we had a pole position and second on the grid. Valtteri finished on the podium and I finished fourth. That shows it's a good track for our car and we are normally very competitive.

“I hope we have another year like that. There are some good straights for the power unit, mixed with some high-speed corners.”

Massa also says the unique setting of the Austrian mountains make it a special venue to return to. The Brazilian driver is one of just four drivers still on the F1 grid who competed at Spielberg under its A1 Ring-guise before its 10-year hiatus from F1 until the rebranding as the Red Bull Ring in 2014.

“As a place, it's somewhere I really enjoy visiting,” he said. “We normally stay in a hotel which is like an old castle, so that's interesting and different to normal. The people are always really enthusiastic about Formula One, so it's always nice to come here.”



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