Felipe Massa had a dismal race in Bahrain but has shown improved pace so far this season © Sutton Images
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Felipe Massa says he hopes to be "fighting for the top places" at the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend.

Ferrari endured a difficult race last time out in Bahrain, with a DRS problem restricting Fernando Alonso to eighth place and Massa finishing 15th after suffering two punctures at Sakhir.

However, Ferrari's 2013 car has proven to be competitive after Alonso won in China, and with Massa having scored three top-six finishes before Bahrain he is looking to bounce back with a much stronger showing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

"I've always liked both the feel of Barcelona itself and the atmosphere at the track during the race weekend," Massa said. "The Circuit de Catalunya is the track that we know best thanks to all the tests that we do there at the start of the year: it's a complex, technical track where it's important to have good aerodynamic downforce.

"My best memory from Barcelona came in 2007 when I won the race: it was a great victory in front of a fantastic crowd that saw me fight with many opponents - including Fernando, who was then at McLaren. Obviously I'm not happy with my last race in Bahrain and so I hope to be able to get back to fighting for the top places this weekend."

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