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Tyre issues from Spain solved - Massa

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Felipe Massa has not finished higher than sixth this year despite Williams' promise © Sutton Images

Felipe Massa is confident he will not suffer a repeat of the tyre issues he had at the Spanish Grand Prix in Monaco after a positive test for Williams in Barcelona.

Massa, who crossed the line ninth, struggled badly with degradation during Sunday's race and experienced contrasting fortunes to team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who finished fifth. Massa admits his main issues came from being stuck in traffic and he expects the team to be ready for this in Monaco, where passing opportunities are famously at a premium.

"I think so," Massa said when asked if he believes Williams has solved his tyre issues. "We did a run and had zero problems for degradation compared to the race. The only difference in the race was traffic, so that's something we really need to be ready for, especially races where we are going to be stuck behind."

Though Tuesday's test was compromised slightly by the rain, Massa feels Williams actually benefited from a run out in the spray after struggling in those conditions earlier this year.

"We did more or less everything we were supposed to do. We didn't do much mileage but we did some laps in the wet which was a positive, because we could look at some issues we had in the wet in previous races."

Massa is aware Monaco will provide a different challenge to the Circuit de Catalunya but is confident Williams can build on the pace Bottas showed in Spain.

"Definitely this track is different to Monaco but I think the car was competitive [in Spain], maybe more than I expected. I hope we can see a similar thing in Monaco and we are just pushing very hard to make more points compared to the teams we are fighting.

"With what Valtteri did we scored more points than Force India and McLaren, which was positive, as we passed McLaren in the championship. We need to keep pushing like that and keep scoring points with both cars to get close to Force India and remember it can be possible to beat Ferrari. Maybe Red Bull as well, we need to believe everything is possible."

Massa also confirmed he was unable to test new parts after continuing to struggle with his rear wing on Tuesday, saying Williams will have to go in a "different direction" for one which is "bigger" before Monaco.

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