At the season opener in Australia, Massa’s race was ruined when he was rear ended at the first corner by Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham.
His teammate Valtteri Bottas drove like a man possessed until he needed to pit to replace a punctured tire. The Finn eventually finished 5th.
|Felipe Massa, Williams (Photo: Martini Williams Racing)|
When asked whether Williams are 'best of the rest', the Brazilian replied: "I think it's not impossible. I think McLaren definitely did a good race, they finished both cars in the good points and they're leading the championship.
"Everything is possible now and looking how we are compared to the others, I would say Mercedes is for the moment too quick compared to us. But I think maybe after Mercedes, everything is open and maybe we can be there,” said the former Ferrari driver.
Despite a small lack of overall downforce, the Mercedes-powered FW36 is already quite impressive.
"There is still a huge margin to improve and I'm really pushing the team to go in a direction where the car will be better," Massa declared.
"There is a lot to do but looking where we are, it's a good start. In extreme conditions, we suffer a lot more than the other teams. It's not the rain; it's something else that's making these problems,” Massa indicated.
He concluded by saying that new parts should make the Williams more competitive in the next Grand Prix in Malaysia.