Massa, Vettel expecting Williams/Ferrari podium scrap

By on Saturday, March 14, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel say they are expecting a fight between Williams and Ferrari for the podium places at the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg qualified comfortably clear at the head of the pack, with Massa in third and Vettel behind in fourth place.

With Mercedes expected to be significantly ahead, the pair believe that Williams and Ferrari will scrap for the bottom step of the podium.

"It was a tricky qualifying, especially with four cars fighting for very similar times all the time so if you see the difference between me, Sebastian, Kimi [Raikkonen, fifth on the grid] and Valtteri [Bottas, sixth] it’s pretty small, but I’m happy that I did a good lap," he said.

"It was the best lap of the day, [the] last one [so] it was not so easy with wind changing, so easy to have front locking which I did not have on this lap so it worked pretty well. [It] will be a big fight with Ferrari but [I] hope we can do a good job."

Vettel believes that third place was possible but Ferrari and says he is hopeful of overhauling Massa in the race.

"I think overall we can be pretty happy but the gap is still quite bit, close with Williams as expected we’ll see what we can do," said Ferrari debutant Vettel.

"Third was possible, in the end we didn’t do it but I think it’s possible tomorrow."

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