Anderis, last time I checked, motor-racing was not about measuring slowest times. I know the point you are making- that on heavy fuel the Williams is good and not going for a fast time, but RedBull could have been doing anything on that one slow stint- they could have used a Monaco set up for example to measure how the car responds, they could have been working on a front f-duct and only driving fast in the left-handers- anything. What tells me more is the total absence of optimism from Gillan and Senna and the fact that after several hundred laps, Williams still can't set one lap faster than any of the established teams. (Lotus' gremlins excluded of course)
Last time I checked, motor racing was not about setting the best times during testing. I think that I know the point you are making, but it seems that you didn't really get mine. I don't insist our car is really good.
But. You are making excuses for Red Bull why they are slower than us on their slowest stints. But you don't accept the excuses why we aren't setting fast lap. It's one way thinking while there are two possible reasons of that thing, each as good as other.
You are assuming that our relatively very good long runs mean nothing why lack of fast flying laps means that we have problem.
The point that our relatively very good long runs mean that we are quick and lack of fast flying laps means nothing is just as good.
Williams didn't even try to set one fast lap. We haven't seen short runs which would look like we were trying to get relatively close to the car limit. Many other teams had short runs, probably with not full tank and very weared tyres. It doesn't mean that they were running as fast as they can. But I guess most of them were much closer to the car limit than we were.
I still think that our times are inconclusive. There are some bad signs as well as some good and it's too early to say where are we.
Optimism or lack of optimism doesn't say much. Last year there was much optimism in Williams before the season. While some less optimistic teams could turn around their seasons as well.