What a contrast from last year. Twelve months ago, Williams was in crisis; the build of its new car ran late, causing the FW42 to miss the first two days of testing action. This time around, Williams has not only managed to complete a shakedown with the car prior to testing, but it also achieved one of its most ambitious aims.
Speaking earlier this year, deputy team principal Claire Williams had said: "We set ourselves some really tough targets over the winter, around aero in particular, about finding performance, and then on some mechanical issues as well and these have been going well.
"The key target now is getting the car to that test on time. At the lights, when they go green, if not before."