• Malaysian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Unhappy Massa confident for race

ESPNF1 Staff
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Felipe Massa was 0.4s slower than his team-mate Fernando Alonso in Q2 © Getty Images

Felipe Massa admits that he is not happy with qualifying twelfth for the Malaysian Grand Prix, but says he is "feeling confident for the race".

Having struggled during practice, Massa fared little better in qualifying as he scraped through to Q2 and then was unable to join his team-mate Fernando Alonso in the top ten shootout. While saying that he was disappointed with his grid slot Massa was adamant that he had found a better balance for the car which would mean he was more competitive in the race.

"Clearly, I can't be happy with twelfth place," Massa said. "But we know that, at the moment, we do not have a very competitive car: getting through to Q3 is very difficult and today I could only get close to this target. Yesterday and today in FP3, I was not satisfied with the balance of the car, but we managed to improve it for qualifying, which leaves me feeling confident for the race and for the future."

Despite his poor qualifying performance, Massa insists the team is making progress with the new car.

"I think we have begun to get a better understanding of how this F2012 works and that is positive. Tomorrow will be a very hard race, where tyre degradation will make itself felt and there will also be the threat of rain hanging over it. I hope I can get a better result than this twelfth place. Pressure? It comes from own will to always do the maximum and when I don't manage it, I am the first to be unhappy."