Yes it was. The car didn't work because it was fundamentally flawed, and from a performance angle from what we've seen so far, this car is exactly what the FW33 was supposed to be, whilst the FW33 was a lot slower than expected. Thus, an anomaly.
And yet how was it possible for Pastor to do better in Britain last year if the car was fundamentally flawed? What exactly was Williams' fundamental flaw last year? Their qualifying positions were similar last season to what we have just seen.
Just look at how the EBD ban has transformed/closed up the field. RedBull having gone from dominant to plain behind
, Ferrari in utter disarray. The FW33 was giving a lot away in terms of sheer pace due to not being able to hot-blow the diffuser.
In terms of qualifying performance, the FW33 was very similar to what we have just seen. What was so depressing was the inevitable slip back out of the points on race day due to tyre management. This was, I believe, down to;
1) the engine power delivery
2) the lack of grip at the rear resulting in poor traction- due to no EBD.
Both issues have IMO been eliminated before the FW34 ever turned a wheel. I hope the race will prove this theory right.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 17/03/2012 17:38 by crusty_bread.