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Williams aim for regular points

Williams aims to return to the F1 points on a regular basis in 2012
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."



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107SS2009

January 21, 2012 3:28 AM

Munro, the direction F1 has been forced into at present (a specification series) controlled by vested interests has left no other means/scope to the F1 designers/engineers but to play model aeroplanes. Gone are the fantastic engine engineering capability of the past such as the turbo era and then the switch to normally aspirated engines in 1989 there was an influx of new engine companies in the years that followed including Renault, Lamborghine, Judd, Subaru, life, Yamaha, Porsche, Ilmor, Hart, and Peugeot, not all were successful, but it showed that they were willing to try, the specification series FI has embarked upon has killed all that.

Si - Unregistered

January 20, 2012 2:09 PM

The reason Williams have put out a statement saying this is because every team in the bottom half will at some point be saying the same thing , Every year at about this time out they trot with the same old quotes , It will be the drivers next saying something similar .zzzz .



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