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Williams more prepared to win in 2015 - Massa

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Felipe Massa believes Williams is more prepared to win races this season than it was in 2014.

Williams enjoyed a revival last season, rising from ninth to third in the constructors' championship and finishing the year as the second quickest car on the grid. It came after a switch to Mercedes power but also a huge makeover in the team's structure, spearheaded by the recruitment of technical chief Pat Symonds.

The team missed several big opportunities to win a race in 2014 but Massa thinks it could have capitalised had it been in its current state last year.

"Yes, I think so," Massa said when asked if this year's team could have won races last year. "Not many races, but I think at least one. It's a different team, a much better team, much more prepared, more experienced - everything is different. The team is a lot more prepared and in much better shape compared to how we started last year. I mean we had a good car, we had a fantastic season, the development was great but I think the team is a lot more prepared which is good."

Massa says the team has improved in multiple areas since he joined at the start of last year and thinks this is why it can challenge for victories in 2015.

"I'm just more comfortable inside the team. I saw so many things last year here that we needed to change, it was not so easy just to sit and say a lot of negative things we need to change - it takes time. A team doesn't change from one day to the other. But I think the team has changed a lot and it has been because of really good growth in so many different areas.

"You don't win the championship if you are good in just one area; you need to win the championship by being good in most areas. Everything is more complete and we can fight in much better condition than we were last year."

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