How the mighty have fallen. There are torrid seasons for big teams, like MaLaren not winning a single race – but at least they stayed in the top three, and then there William's disaster of a season. But this year there are big changes for the team. First a really big sponsorship deal and second Toyota engines.
Nico Rosberg was a revelation when he appeared in the first race of the last season. But what happened to him? Well the car became undriveable and he made some rookie errors. Unfortunately he tended to make mistakes on the days when he seemed to have a chance. If the car is faster but more importantly reliable then we could see a lot of Nico this year. Sadly for him he'll probably do some stunning drives that get him from 22nd to 9th and because he's still out of the points nobody will notice. A bit like Sato last year. A driver with potential for greatness. Lets hope the team doesn't let him down again.
Alex Wurtz has been hiding away at McLaren and Williams in testing roles rather like Anthony Davidson has been doing at Honda. He's a sensible driver who should be able to give the team some great feedback on the track. This might be a shrewd move by the team as the new rules mean that it will be the race drivers who do the testing on a Friday. Otherwise it's not the most inspiring choice. But he's a very nice guy and he'll be on itv a lot which will be good for the sponsors.
A lot of change in the team over the winter. They have also moved Sam Michael off of the pit wall and back towards the factory which seems a smart move. Sam's a technical director who is too technical for his own good. He's never been a leader. Who they put in charge here will be crucial.
Reliability, reliability, reliablity.
You don't want to bet against a Williams comeback. With new money at a team that's learnt how to spend efficiently, reliable engines and Nico being quick we could see a podium or two for the team.
Best of the rest.