BradSpeedMan, on 07 March 2012 - 12:31 PM, said:
Williams is what Williams is... a no-points scoring machine...
Let me clarify my position for ya Brad...
Will Williams win a race....highly unlikely, unless a pile up of cars eliminates 9 or 10 of the grid on the first corner, and by some luck they manage to win
Will Williams get a podium....not likely, unless a pile up of cars eliminates 8 or 9 of the grid on the first corner
Will Williams get in the top five....not likely, unless a pile up eliminates 5 or 6 of the grid on the first corner
Will Williams get in the top seven....maybe, but most likely with a little luck
Will Williams get in the top ten....yes, possibly...why? They have made some pretty major technical and management reshuffles in the last four to six months. Even Frank has stood down from the board now, and Patrick is at the pub drinking beer. The technical guys that have taken over from Sam Michael are not the cheapest on the block, have some experience, and the car looks tidy so far. The major boost for them however is multiple championship winning power in place of the crappy Cosworth. Renault's grunt will see Williams move up the grid (not really all that hard from last year), and as Patrick Head recently said in a Motorsport Magazine article, that having the engine will mean that any performance fault will lay squarely at the feet of Williams.
I don't rate Senna all that much, and I think he'll only match Maldonado...I honestly don't think either one will get the upper hand over the other. But at times when the two drivers can not establish dominance / a pecking order, both of them drive out of their skins to try and achieve that, and thus the teams performance goes upward too. Think Alonso/Hamilton sort of one upmanship...
Anyways, that's why they are my dark horse for 2012