Technical director Sam Michael says he was encouraged by the performance of the new Williams FW33 despite the team seeing both cars retire from the opening round of the new F1 season in Australia.

Pastor Maldonado was forced to retire after just nine laps while team-mate Rubens Barrichello provided plenty of action - which included an incident that forced Nico Rosberg into retirement - before transmission trouble also saw him retire from the race.

While the team is currently investigating the cause of the problems, Michael said he was encouraged by the performance of the car through the course of the weekend, with the aim being to match the performance with results when the season resumes in Malaysia for the second round of the year.

"The competitiveness of the FW33 was encouraging given the limited running and set-up time we had in Melbourne," he said. "There is more to come from the car and I hope in the next few races we can show what the FW33 is capable of.

"Heading to Sepang we will once again be hoping to get into the top ten in qualifying and end the weekend with some points for both cars."

Albert Park marked the first race for the new moveable rear wing and Michael said he felt the contribution of the new part was 'good' even if there is still more to come.

"I think the DRS did make a good contribution when it was working but it is still too early to judge," he said. "From what we have seen I think it will have the desired effect in assisting overtaking manoeuvres once it is a bit more finely tuned."

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