Rubens Barrichello is aiming for a top-10 start and points finish at least in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, as he is confident Williams begins 2011 in better shape that it started 2010.
The Brazilian is satisfied that the team has made a step forward over the winter, but unwilling to predict exactly where it fits into the pecking order, despite very promising form in testing.
"There is still a question mark about where we stand. I know that we have improved but there are teams on either side of us," he said. "I know how optimistic I am and I know how much I would love to say that we will do really well, but what I will say is that I want to be in Q3 and to score points, and I think that is achievable."
Williams has taken a radical approach to its FW33, producing the smallest gearbox in the field and a unique rear-end treatment. Barrichello said the car felt like a different concept when behind the wheel.
"I think we are better on performance than last year. The car is a different animal, though, so there is a different way of treating it, but I quite like it," he said. "How much faster it is, is very difficult to know, but the car feels better than last year's to drive."