F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello reckons Williams will enjoy a stronger race this weekend in Australia, round two in the F1 2010 schedule.
Barrichello managed to grab the final point two weeks ago in Bahrain, when he brought his Cosworth-powered FW32 home in tenth place. Despite that though, he had expected more and that will now be his goal at Albert Park, a track he enjoys and where he has finished on the podium five times to date.
"Melbourne is a great place for a Grand Prix. The racing is always competitive so it's a good track from a fan perspective; it's also a very social city so it's nice to hang out there. I like Albert Park a lot," he said.
"It doesn't really feel like a street circuit, it's very challenging and has some interesting corners to negotiate. We had some minor problems in Bahrain but we have resolved them now for Australia. I'm positive we will have a stronger race."
Barrichello's team-mate, Nico Hulkenberg is also hoping to do better after finishing 14th in Bahrain. Indeed while he has yet to race at Albert Park he feels he gained a lot from the F1 2010 season opener and he has been busy doing all he can to prepare for round two.
"As a circuit, I don't know Albert Park at all as I haven't raced there yet. I spent a few days in the factory last week going through practice runs on the simulator and running through data with my engineers which was really helpful but nothing beats having time on the track itself," he continued.
"Bahrain wasn't the best race for me, but there were some positives to be taken from it because it highlighted where we need to do some more work. I'm hoping that we will have a more successful weekend in Australia as a result of what I learnt in Bahrain, and what the team have worked on since we came home."
Williams technical director Sam Michael meanwhile expects it to be an 'interesting weekend', although he concedes it is likely to be another one-stop affair.
"Albert Park is a low grip street circuit, and you're normally on the limit when it comes to tyre graining. As a result, careful management of car set-up throughout the weekend is a pre-requisite. We will have some improvements for the FW32 in Australia that we will roll out during Friday's practice sessions. It's going to be a really interesting weekend in terms of seeing how the teams perform on such a different track in comparison to Sakhir. In terms of strategy, Bahrain gave a good indication as to what will be the most likely pit strategy for Melbourne," he summed-up.