Massa optimistic of success

Brazilian buoyant despite Monaco disappointment

Felipe Massa is hoping Ferrari can overcome both their Monaco disappointment and a Canadian Grand Prix winless streak in Montreal on Sunday.

After taking pole position a fortnight ago on the Monte Carlo street circuit, the Brazilian could only finish third behind Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica.

Meanwhile, team-mate Kimi Raikkonen endured a miserable race in the Principality, the World Champion losing his lead in this year's title race to Hamilton after an error-filled afternoon could only yield a ninth-place finish.

Although Raikkonen leads Massa by one point in the standings, the latter's ability to bounce back from his early-season woes - including a race-ending spin in Malaysia - has led to suggestions that he can mount a concerted championship bid this year.

Massa will therefore be looking for another strong result this weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - a track on which Ferrari have not won since 2004.

A year ago, while Hamilton swept to his maiden victory, Massa's race ended in misery when he was black flagged for exiting the pit lane under a red light.

And, with Ferrari having demonstrated an upturn in speed at Monaco by locking out the front row of the grid for the first time since 1979, Massa is hopeful they can do the same in Canada - and then give a repeat performance in the race.


Of his Monaco showing, Massa said: "With hindsight I can see all the positive aspects of that race, which given I started from pole can be seen as disappointing.

"The most positive element to come out of it is that we proved the car was definitely competitive there for the first time for a few years now.

"Before going to Monaco we could not be completely certain how the race would go after the disappointments of the last two years.

"While the facts show just one third place, it's believable to say we could have won if the race had been run in normal conditions.

"I'm not saying we would have won easily, but victory would have been the logical conclusion to the weekend given we started from first and second on the grid and with the best possible strategy.

"In the end we lost what turned out to be a crazy race.

"So we can be optimistic about turning this event (Canada), which again has not gone too well for us in the past, into a successful weekend.

"I like the circuit, and I went well there earlier in my career with Sauber in 2005 when I finished fourth.

"But last year was not so good as I had that incident with the traffic light at the end of the pit lane.

"It was not a nice feeling leaving Canada having being black flagged during the race."