The Brazilian made the surprise move of qualifying by taking the hard tyre in Q3. He was sixth fastest, and will start fourth due to Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton receiving grid penalties.
"I was not 100 per cent happy with the lap times and [the chance] of fighting for pole," Massa said after qualifying.
"We were looking at two cars that would lose position [Hamilton and Webber] so one option was to watch and not go out.
"The other was to go out on the hard. I hope this is the right tyre for the race tomorrow."
Massa also hopes that he will get an advantage from being on the hard tyre for the opening stint of the race.
"The long run on the hard [in practice] was more consistent," he said. "The degradation's a bit better.
"It can be better to have the hard [in the first stint]. Maybe the start will be a little bit worse but we'll see how it's going to be."
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