Winter testing suggested that Williams would be in pretty good shape in 2008, and possibly leading the group challenging inevitable pacesetters Ferrari and McLaren.
Indeed, the season got off to a great start in Melbourne, where Nico Rosberg took his first podium finish with third, and Kazuki Nakajima backed him up with seventh, after an eventful afternoon. The team left Oz with nine points to their name, behind only McLaren, for whom Lewis Hamilton had scored 10.
Since then, not a great deal has gone right for the team. They've slipped to seventh in the constructors' table, and are only two points clear of Honda. Having said that, Williams are also only 11 points off fourth-placed Toyota, indicating how close things are in the midfield, and just how valuable the recent run of podiums has been for Red Bull, Toyota, Honda and Renault.