Williams encouraged but warns against predictions

Williams encouraged but warns against predictions

6 March 2014 – Williams Team Principal Sir Frank Williams says he has been encouraged by the progress the FW36 has made throughout testing but is unwilling to make predictions about the team's placing in the pecking order.

Felipe Massa set the fastest time during the final pre-season test in Bahrain and rivals, including McLaren's Jenson Button, have tipped the team to achieve strong results in 2014.

"Work on the FW36 began towards the end of 2012 to make sure we were fully prepared for the new regulations. This winter has been one of the most hectic in recent memory for all teams, but I'm extremely proud of how our team has met the challenge," he said as Williams unveiled its 2014 livery in London.

"It's always dangerous to make predictions for the season based on what has been seen in testing as everyone is running different programmes."

Compared to its rivals, the FW36 encountered few problems during pre-season testing and caused just a single red flag across 12 days of testing.

Williams emphasises that reliability will be crucial, particularly early on in the season.

"What I do know is that despite a few inevitable teething problems, the FW36 has performed reliably and clocked up a good number of laps," said Williams. "The regulation changes have forced the teams to take a step in to the unknown this year.

"Reliability will be paramount in the first few races of the season and we are looking strong in that regard. Performance wise we will only know where we sit when we get to Australia."

Williams scored just five points in 2013 on its way to ninth place in the championship standings and its eponymous team owner is adamant that it has the capability to improve.

"2014's regulation changes have reset the field to some extent and we need to capitalise on this opportunity," he said. "I'm under no illusion that it will take time for our new technical team to make their mark, but I will be looking for us to make a strong improvement from last year and regularly finish in the points at a wide range of circuits."

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