After a 2011 campaign that lurched from one disaster to the next, Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan says he is confident that the FW34 will allow the team to fight for regular top ten finishes.
The team managed just five points all season in 2011 in what was the worst season in its history, with a radical shake-up of the technical team taking place as a result.
With a switch to Renault engines for the season ahead, and a new-look driver line-up after the signing of Bruno Senna, Williams will now hope for more from 2012 and Gillan said he was confident that regular points were achievable during the coming year.
“The general performance trends look very encouraging," he was quoted by Sky Sports
. "I know that the great leap forward is not easy, but, from what we know so far from the car, there is reason to be reasonably confident that we can regularly be in Q3 and can score some points."
Gillan added that the ban on blown diffusers should work in Williams' favour.
"It neutralises the lead that had some of the teams had developed in this area," he said. "The field should as a result be closer - at least at the beginning of the season. But it is only a matter of time before someone comes up with the next F-duct or double diffuser."