Now winter testing is over, how do you feel about Williams' chances in 2012?
So, the question is, how are you feeling right now? A much easier question to answer than asking you to predict where Williams will finish that's for sure.
According to Andrew Benson, up and down the pitlane, all the technical directors are predicting a very close season in 2012. Williams' short and long stint pace seem much closer to the front in testing than last year, and the EBD almost certainly has something to do with that.
However, despite optimistic noises coming from the team, Hekki's comments about Williams, being Caterhams' nearest competitor was a real party-pooper of a comment. That would be catastrophic!
With this in mind, predicting whether Sauber, or Force India will be ahead of Williams or Toro Rosso seems impossible.
All I can glean from testing is that the achilles heel for Williams last year was excessive tyre-wear. Otherwise, they were always on a par with these teams during qualifying and the start of races, albeit never in the hunt by the end of a race.
Based on the teams' comments, and observing the lap-times, Im confident Williams have addressed this issue without sacrificing outright lap-time. The switch to Renault has probably helped, and from that angle, Im optimistic Williams will be able to compete more consistently with Toro Rosso, Force India and Sauber, and score a lot more points as a result.
Whether that means Williams will finish higher in the constructors championship, I don't know, but it's a start. I think they can, but I can't see any clear performance advantage over their competitors.
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