Felipe Massa believes Ferrari has good reason to feel optimistic about its chances of fighting for victory in next weekend's European Grand Prix on the back of its encouraging form in Montreal.
Although Massa missed out on the points in Canada, having got caught up in a first-lap tangle with Vitantonio Liuzzi and a late-race run-in with Michael Schumacher, the Brazilian was encouraged by the pace of his F10. With teammate Fernando Alonso having battled for the win before finishing third, Massa believes updates planned for Valencia should give his team a good chance of delivering a good result.
"The car was much more competitive in Canada than in Turkey, which is a good basis on which to go to Valencia for the next race," Massa said. "The street circuit there is not so different in terms of its characteristics to the Montreal track and on top of that, we expect to have some more updates for the F10 to make it even more competitive with those ahead of us in the championship.
"Valencia has not produced very exciting races so far, but I enjoy the track, as the only time I have raced there, in 2008 – it was one of the races I missed last year after my accident – I won. It would be nice to think we could be in with a chance of doing the same again this time."
He added: "With the unpredictable nature of this year's championship anything can happen and I am sure we can be in the fight for the top places come Sunday in Spain."
Ferrari is expected in Valencia to become one of the first of Red Bull Racing's rivals to adopt the low exhaust configuration that is believed to have been a factor in helping the RB6 set the pace over the start of the season. McLaren and Williams are set to follow suit for the British GP.