Williams CEO Adam Parr is certain the 2011 season is far from over for the team despite its worst ever start to a Formula 1 championship. The squad has failed to score any points in the first three races of the year, with a 13th-place finish in China its best result yet.
After the disappointing start, Williams is undergoing a review of its operation in order to find solutions to its problems. Parr told AUTOSPORT, however, that there is still a long way to go and he is hopeful Williams can bounce back in 2011.
"My goal was to make progress," said Parr. "We come here to win, everyone does, but we've finished eighth, seventh and sixth in the last three years and I wanted to take another step. So fifth, minimum would be good. We are only three races in, this is a long season and it's not game over yet."
He added: "I would love to see more progress. The things that we are bringing are not developing so much. The morale in the team is not as high as it should be because we were expecting greater things and it's the same for me. I'm here to drive fast and to motivate people, but I would like to see the team perform better."
Parr also denied the team's problems were related to its finances, despite Williams floating on the stock exchange earlier this year.
"I'm not happy because I think we can do better. But I don't think that's where we are weak," said Parr of team's commercial situation. "There are things that we need to do. When we went to the market with the IPO, I set out a five-year strategy for the team as a business and those are things that we need to put in place over time. Those are necessary for us to become a great team again."
Rubens Barrichello also reckons Williams has all the ingredients to be successful and feels there is something the team is failing to understand.
"The team has all of the tools that it needs," he said. "This is an important year for them. This car needs to be in the top six by the end of the year and it can be, with work. If McLaren improved by two seconds before the first race, it shows that a good team can do that and I still regard Williams highly.
"When I came in last year and they developed, the car became quite good. But the target this year was to start off where we finished last year and then to go further. It remains to be seen what we can do. There is something that we are not understanding."