Rubens Barrichello has admitted that Williams’ latest challenger, the FW32, is off-the-pace and that improvements are required to bring it into serious contention for results.

The Cosworth-powered car showed some pre-season testing form, but the team has picked up just six points in the opening four rounds and has certainly not shown the front-running pace everyone had hoped for. Even the team’s Technical Director, Sam Michael, has admitted that the car is just “not fast enough”.

Brawn – who joined Williams after his successful stint in the championship-winning Brawn GP team last year – said: "We know exactly some of the areas in which we need to improve.”

Rubens Barrichello admits the FW32 need to improve

Speaking with Speedweek, Barrichello added: "We are not suddenly going to find a second [per lap] from somewhere, but the important thing is that I am firmly convinced that the second is in the car. We want to be in the top six in qualifying, but even to achieve this, we need to find half a second.”

Barrichello drew positives from how well he has settled into the team, the last port of call for his hero Ayrton Senna before his tragic death in 1994.

"There is a good harmony between driver and team," he told Brazil’s Globo. "The best thing is that I am not happy with the results and neither is the team. We just need to keep on working.

"Williams are prepared to listen to me, which is good. They really trust my inputs so I am feeling good about that," he added.

Rubens just needs a quicker car…!

[Original image via GP Update]

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