• British Grand Prix qualifying

Massa: I will be stronger tomorrow

ESPNF1 Staff
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Felipe Massa was fourth but within half a second of pole © Getty Images

Felipe Massa was bullish about Ferrari's chances of success in Sunday's British Grand Prix after a solid run to fourth on the grid in qualifying.

Massa sits with team-mate Fernando Alonso on row two after Alonso qualified less than 0.1s behind the Red Bull pair of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. Massa was another half a second further back during a qualifying session which was disrupted by rain showers preventing any further improvement of times following the first run.

Massa said that the gap between himself and Alonso was down to a scruffy lap in the final qualifying session, and that he was hoping to improve signficantly on his second run but those chances were scuppered by the rain.

"I didn't have a great lap in Q3," Massa said. "I thought I was going to improve a lot on the second set of tyres in Q3 but I was not able to, because it was raining, for everybody anyway. And I think that by not having a great lap, starting fourth is not so bad, looking at the race tomorrow. In the race I should be even stronger tomorrow."