Felipe Massa believes Ferrari need to think positively even if victory in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix looks to be beyond them.
Pre-season testing proved difficult for Ferrari as the team struggled to understand the F2012, leading technical director Pat Fry to admit that a podium finish in Australia would not be possible.
Fernando Alonso has warned that the team will need to work hard to achieve the right results at the start of the season, but he remains confident that the Ferrari can match the pace of its rivals in Melbourne and Massa has urged the Marenllo squad to approach the race as it victory is a possibility.
"We hear so many things that we are not going to fight for the podium here. Maybe not. But we need to try everything we can to fight for the podium, to fight for the victory, to fight for the best we can with this car," Massa said at Albert Park on Thursday.
"We need to be prepared for everything. It's important to find the right direction to develop this car in a quick way, race by race, week by week.
"I'm mentally prepared for a difficult start, but also mentally prepared for a good start. We prepare positively."
Ferrari enjoyed a good pre-season last year only to struggle when the campaign got underway and Massa is hoping the reverse happens this time.
"We were not so happy with the tests, but last year we were very happy with the winter and then we arrived here and we were not happy. Not just here but the whole season," he added.
"We always need to understand that many things are not clear in the tests. We did not a bad race simulation [at Barcelona], and when you look at that result you don't see that we are completely far away. But in testing you can only be sure of your own car.
"It's nice that we finish with the blah blah blah. On Saturday after qualifying we will have a clear picture, and after the race on Sunday we will know exactly how our car compares to the others."