Felipe Massa is hopeful his Ferrari team can fight for victory at this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix following its strongest performance of the season in Monaco.
Massa's teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished on the podium in the Monte Carlo race, with the Brazilian coming home in fourth position.
Ferrari emerged as Brawn's main challenger in the street race, as it continued to move towards the front after the introduction of an upgrade package in Spain.
Massa, winner in Istanbul for the last three years, reckons Ferrari will continue to make progress this weekend and is hoping to be able to fight for another win.
"For Istanbul, we will have another small step in terms of aerodynamic development, which should improve the car still further and that is down to a big push from the guys in the factory," the Brazilian said. "We want to continue to improve as quickly as possible, to try and win some races. If will be fantastic if we find we are in a position to fight for the win in Turkey.
"I just like the track and feel comfortable there, but it's hard to pinpoint why it suits me better than some other circuits.
"I do prefer fast flowing tracks and have a feel for all the corners here, as it's not good enough to only be fast over one particular section of the track. I think I've also found a good way to set up the car perfectly for this circuit."
The Brazilian admitted Monaco's result has been a boost for the team, and he reckons he could have finished second if not for the traffic.
"It's nice to be able to have something really positive to say for the first time this season and finishing third and fourth in the Monaco Grand Prix and setting the race fastest lap are two excellent reasons to be positive," said Massa.
"Sure, at Ferrari we are used to not settling for anything less than a win, but given where we were at the start of the season, there is now a good reason to be optimistic for the next few races.
"The car had definitely made another step forward in between Spain and Monaco, which meant it was even more competitive on the streets of Monte Carlo ... I could have finished second, but more importantly, it showed that we have got closer to the pace of the Brawns and can look forward to being even more competitive over the next few races."