Williams is aiming to build on its successful 2007 campaign by getting next year's developments on track as soon as possible once the post-season testing ban is lifted - something that appears to have paid dividends this season.

Although its fourth place in the constructors' championship was artificially inflated by McLaren's exclusion from the standings, the performance of the FW29, especially in the hands of Nico Rosberg, raised morale at Grove and gave Williams a solid start to its partnership with engine supplier Toyota, despite beating the 'works' team in the process!

Retirements were much reduced over the troubled 2006 season, where Rosberg and then team-mate Mark Webber struggled to score, but Sam Michael and his crew are targeting even better figures for next year's FW30.

"A leading ambition for 2008 will be to aim for 100 per cent reliability to maximise points-scoring opportunities," the team confirmed in its end-of-season review, "With the FW29B interim car already on the test track and an early launch of the FW30 planned, steps to achieve the objective are already in place. In addition to the normal performance steps required to move forward, during the winter the team will further concentrate on improving qualifying performance while not losing race strength."

The campaign saw the team dramatically improve its performance in every area, from the scoreboard to the drawing office, with a tripling of its 2006 points haul - from eleven to 33 - and a demonstrable improvement in race pace, as well as that improved reliability statistic. In terms of overall performance, the gap to the frontrunners was cut to an average of eight-tenths by the end of the year, but that figure remains another target for 2008.

"Running approximately 1.5secs behind the leaders in terms of fastest lap times in Melbourne, the FW29 closed the season just 0.8secs behind the quickest cars in Brazil, the result of a considered development programme delivering upgrades to the car throughout the year," the team summary continued, "An unprecedented 20 DNFs from the previous season was dramatically reduced to just eight this year, only four of which were the result of mechanical failures, and put the team in fourth place in the reliability standings. The recovery of reliability has been the result of improved fault identification and management processes at Grove implemented over the winter months.

"A restructured design office and the recruitment of a number of high profile personnel have all assisted in the significant improvements of car reliability as well as driveability, which have contributed to the elusive variable of driver confidence. The earlier roll-out of the FW29 certainly helped, as did a steady car development programme over the ensuing months."

Williams also paid tribute to the efforts of its technical partners for the upturn in fortune this season.

"The early deployment of the 2007 transmission with the Toyota engine on the dyno in Cologne in June last year, coupled with the related electronics, paid dividends this year and made a significant contribution to both performance and reliability," it claimed, "From the early stages, the relationship with Toyota has been one based on open channels of communication. A mutually supportive operations network between Grove and Cologne is well established, and will assist in the team's progression going into 2008.

"The partnership with Bridgestone is now entering its third year. Although a 'tyre war' no longer exists, how teams use their tyres is a fundamental performance driver. Joining forces with the Japanese tyre supplier in 2006, a year ahead of the switch to a sole tyre supplier and indeed ahead of the majority of teams, afforded AT&T Williams a level of advantage this season."

The team's driver line-up for 2008 remains one of the issues that still needs to be resolved, with one or both of its seats potentially open. While Alex Wurz has definitely vacated the second berth, Nico Rosberg's place in team remains the subject of speculation, with the young German still being linked with a move to McLaren.

Although Williams remains adamant that Rosberg will not be leaving, the possibility exists that he will be partnering Lewis Hamilton in 2008, leaving the Grove team to field an all-new line-up.

Veteran Giancarlo Fisichella is among those being touted as a possible Williams pilot next season, along with fellow Italian Tonio Liuzzi and young guns Adrian Sutil and Kazuki Nakajima, who made his debut at the season-ending Brazilian GP.