New Williams driver Robert Kubica has advised the team to set realistic goals for the team for the upcoming season, as the Grove-based side hope to make up for their absence from two days of testing in the first week.
Williams are coming off the back of the worst season in team history and 2019 hasn't looked much better so far. Having missed almost three days of testing, the team are already behind in terms of development compared to other teams. In comparison, Mercedes have completed 610 laps during testing, and Williams just 88.
Kubica, who will drive in F1 for the first time since 2010, knows Williams have to be realistic when setting their goals.
"It looks like the field is very strong, which I think is a bit normal looking in which technical directions a few people are going," the Pole told Crash.net.
"But we have to concentrate on ourselves. We have to target a realistic target, and we have to target a smooth start to the season. It didn’t really happen, but we have to go forward and we have to make sure we have a smooth start to the season," he said, referencing to Williams' absence at the Circuit de Catalunya on Monday and Tuesday.
"I think the team needs positive days, whatever the performance will be first we need to make sure we are doing our best and then we can concentrate on performance.
"We don’t have to look too much at the others, we have to make sure we do our best and we’ll see.”