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Williams needs more rear downforce - Massa

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Felipe Massa believes Williams should have had two drivers on the podium in Australia © Sutton Images

Williams will have no major upgrades to its FW36 for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, but Felipe Massa is confident the team can still build on its positive start to the season in Australia.

Massa was taken out at the first corner two weeks ago, but team-mate Valtteri Bottas drove through the field after a puncture on the tenth lap to finish fifth. But Massa said the car was not without its issues and that new parts would not be ready until later rounds.

"We are missing a little bit or rear downforce and we are working on that to improve," he said. "Pieces were not ready for this race, so we have the same car, more or less, as we had for Australia. This is a different track so we need to see how the car behaves here, but we are definitely working 100% in the factory to improve. There are some areas we need to improve and I'm sure when we fix them the car will grow. The car will show a better balance definitely and I think that will be positive for us as well.

"From now until Barcelona you will see many different results and different improvements from other teams and for us as well. We are working to have a big package for China and we will see how it happens race-to-race and we hope we can be competitive like we were in Australia."

Massa believes Williams could have had two cars on the podium in Australia had the race run smoothly.

"If I didn't have the problem in the first corner, it would have been possible to finish with both cars in the podium, but even looking at what happened to me, it was possible to see Valtteri on the podium with the race he was doing. He had contact with the wall and lost his tyre, but he showed great potential and performance and that's positive for the next races and this one as well. I hope this is how our car is and not just specific to that track, this is a completely different track and we need to see how the car behaves here, but I hope we can see a competitive car again."

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