Williams 'on target' with new car design
28 November 2012 – Williams is running to schedule with the design and production of its 2013 car, with Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan aiming to learn from both the 'mistakes and successes' of the 2012 season in order to move further up the grid.
Despite creating a car capable of winning the Spanish Grand Prix in the hands of Pastor Maldonado, the team could only finish ninth in the Constructors' standings this year, just one place higher than it acheived during its troubled 2011 campaign.
"We want to see continuous improvement in all aspects of the team throughout the winter and into the 2013 season," Gillan said of the outfit's upcoming off-season programme. "We need to learn from the mistakes and successes of 2012 and to ensure everything that we do is as efficient as possible.
"Both the 2013 car design and initial production of the large lead time components are on target."
Looking at 2012 in more detail, Gillan explained that the fierce nature of car development mixed with complex tyres provided a strong challenge for his team.
"We are pleased with how the car has performed and the FW34 is clearly a decent step forward from the FW33," he added. "This season has been one of the most tightly fought ever and the rate of development and level of competition has been fierce.
"In base performance most teams will have improved their cars by over one second per lap, but the real benefit has come in understanding the tyres and how to optimise the car balance for tyre performance."
Williams is yet to confirm its driver line-up for the 2013 campaign, but Pastor Maldonado and reserve Valtteri Bottas are expected to be on the grid in Melbourne.