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Bad luck masking true potential - Massa

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Felipe Massa believes bad luck has masked his good form at the opening races of the season this year.

Massa has scored 12 points in total, with two seventh place finishes in Malaysia and Bahrain, but a first lap accident in Australia and a botched pit stop in China have cost him two more points-scoring results. Massa believes he has been on top of his game since joining Williams but has been held back by events out of his control.

"I feel I've started well, in terms of pace and in terms of everything, but I was not lucky," he said. "What happened in the first race was nothing to do with me, what happened in the last race was something in the pit stop and in Bahrain I was fighting for third and fourth, and after the safety car I was eighth.

"There are so many points that I lost, not because I was not able to get them, but because I was unlucky. For sure I'm frustrated for what has happened at so many races up to now, but I hope we don't see that anymore and I hope we have consistent races from now on.

Massa thinks Williams' competitiveness will fluctuate depending on the track this year.

"For sure Ferrari had a better car than us at this track [China], but not in Bahrain so it depends on the track. It would be better for them [at some tracks] and more difficult at others. It's the same with Red Bull, they have a good car in China and in Bahrain we were stronger than them and Ferrari.

"I don't think we had a car to fight with Ferrari and Red Bull today [in China] but we had a car capable of beating Force India, and I couldn't finish because what happened to me, and Force India is third in the championship. We need to try to be in front of them and score more points, and this was a race where we could catch McLaren [in the constructors'] but we didn't. We are still sixth in the championship, so we need to work more and try to score consistent points at races."

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