Nico Rosberg enjoyed a strong start to the Italian Grand Prix weekend on Friday finishing FP1 and FP2 at the historic Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in the top five in both sessions.
Rosberg, who has only finished in the top eight and scored points on four occasions this season, the most recent at the European Grand Prix at Valencia, was at the top end of the timesheets in both the wet and the dry and that could prove extremely significant.
Speaking after FP2 on Friday, the Williams number one noted that they really need to capitalise on the performance of the FW30 now as time is running out for the Grove-based outfit to add to its 17 point tally and ensure it finishes ahead of Toro Rosso in the constructors' championship.
"I think we have started the weekend well. In the morning session in the wet, we were pretty quick and I felt very comfortable in the car, so even if it rains in the race, we can be pretty strong here," he noted.
"We weren't too bad this afternoon in the drier conditions either, and despite the weather over the day, we managed to fit everything in, so practice was really well managed by the team. The car has good balance, but of course we still need to fine tune this a little bit.
"In terms of performance, we are definitely looking better than we have done of late. The Toyota engine is making a good contribution and because the car is performing well for this one-off low downforce race, we need to make the best of it and get some points."
Kazuki Nakajima meanwhile didn't fare as well in the other car, but the Japanese driver is still hopeful he can be closer to the pace on Saturday, providing he makes the most of the time in the third and final practice session.
"The conditions have been quite tricky today, but thankfully we found time to do some dry running towards the end of the afternoon practice. The overall feeling from the car is not at all bad and the lap time was coming, but I never really had enough clear track to get my times down," he added. "Tomorrow's last practice before qualifying will be important for me to continue the progress we made today."