Rubens backs Williams to fight back

Date published: May 1 2011

Rubens Barrichello is confident Williams can turn things around and return to the top six before the end of the season…

Rubens Barrichello is confident Williams can turn things around and return to the top six before the end of the season.

Williams have made a nightmare start to the 2011 campaign and yet to come close to scoring a point. Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado failed to complete the first two races in Australia and Malaysia and although both saw the chequered flag in China, Barrichello could only manage 13th while his younger team-mate was down in 18th.

Barrichello insists the Grove-based team can get back on the right track if they put in a big effort.

“The team has all of the tools that it needs,” he is quoted on Autosport. “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.”

Williams CEO Adam Parr admits the morale of the team is not as high as it should be, but is confident they can make progress.

“My goal was to make progress,” he said. “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.”