Williams can catch Red Bull, says Massa

Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:01am EDT
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By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brazilian Felipe Massa feels he has turned a corner after his first podium of the season in Italy last time out and is cautiously confident his Williams team can catch Red Bull in the constructors' championship.

Massa, who joined Williams at the start of the season after eight years with Ferrari, finished an emotional third at Monza at the home race for his former team which helped his new side move above his old colleagues in the constructors' race.

Williams are third in the standings on 177 points, 15 ahead of Ferrari and 95 behind Red Bull, with six rounds remaining starting with Sunday's Singapore race under the lights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Mercedes are well out in front but Massa was optimistic of adding to his own personal 55 point haul and, with the help of in-form team mate Valtteri Bottas, continue to rack up the points for the resurgent Williams team who only managed five last season.

"We're planning to close the gap in every race...to catch even Red Bull which is a bit far, but you'll never know," the Brazilian told Reuters on Wednesday.

"Everything can change pretty quickly in Formula One in two or three races. The situation is different. Maybe we have the opportunity to fight for the second place.

"I think the work and the job we are doing this year is going very well. So there's still a lot to improve in the second part of the season and also next year."

The twisting, demanding and lengthy street circuit in hot, humid and this week hazy Singapore will be one of the tougher races for Massa and Williams, though.   Continued...

Williams Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil celebrates on the podium with his Italian F1 Grand Prix third-placed winner trophy in Monza September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi