Felipe Massa is optimistic he will enjoy a positive Monaco Grand Prix after a good start to the weekend in practice on Thursday.
The Ferrari driver has struggled to get his tires working properly in recent races, and he endured a difficult Spanish Grand Prix last weekend. However, things were much better for Massa in Monte Carlo, where he feels the problems are now behind him after posting the fourth-fastest time of the day.
"I have good feelings about the car," Massa told reporters. "The car was definitely easier to drive compared to Barcelona, where I was struggling massively in terms of grip level. So, for sure, this is already quite positive and I can say that our Friday here was 10 times better than our Friday in Barcelona. This is also good for the weekend and I hope we carry on like this."
The Brazilian is also expecting Red Bull to be closer to its rivals in Monaco than it was in Spain, where the team dominated the weekend.
"Not completely like in Barcelona," he said when asked if he expected Red Bull to be as strong as in Spain. "I expect Red Bull to have a good car, definitely, but much more normal compared to what they were in Barcelona."