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Rubens Barrichello has urged Williams to learn from the weaknesses of the current car in order to produce a more competitive challenger in 2012.

Williams has endured a disappointing season in 2011 with the car having proven unreliable and off the pace, resulting in a total of just five points and ninth place in the constructors' championship; 32 points behind Toro Rosso and only ahead of Lotus, Virgin and HRT. Barrichello said that the car has inherent weaknesses and the team should look to understand why those issues came about in the initial design.

"The car was born bad and there is no way of turning that back," Barrichello told Autosport. "There are ways of massaging and improving it - but the most important thing is not to improve this car, it is to understand what went wrong and to make the next one better. Otherwise, the next one will be born the same way. It needs addressing.

"There are two or three causes of the problem, and that is what makes it an unknown situation. With a different engine and a different guy building it, the car will have a different characteristic anyway. But if they solve the problems of this year in full, the chances of building a much better car next year are greater."

Barrichello also said that the problem wasn't as simple as a lack of downforce, but more a result of its inconsistency.

"It is more than that. We have been having problems with the quality of parts, because one day the car could be okay, and the other car with the same wing will not perform in the same way. So we need to address that as well."

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