user icon

Wolff calls 2017 Mercedes car a "diva"

  • Published on 28 May 2017 12:30
  • comments 2
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Toto Wolff has described the W08 as a "diva" in light of Lewis Hamilton's qualifying struggles. Hamilton battled with his car throughout the session yesterday and failed to make it past the second stage of qualifying, lining up P13 today.

"I believe we have shown so far that we have a fast car," Mercedes boss Wolff is quoted by German media. "But we also seem to have a bit of a diva, as far as bringing the tyres into the optimum window. So we have to do better on that."

Prior to the weekend, there were suggestions that Mercedes would struggle due to their car fashioning a longer wheelbase which could be a disadvantage around Monaco. However, Wolff denied that that is the sole issue: "If we had been the fastest, everyone would have said that the long wheelbase is no problem. Now they're saying it's to blame," said Wolff.

Team chairman Niki Lauda says he also sees a more fundamental handling issue with the 2017 Mercedes: "I have talked to Lewis at length," the F1 legend told Bild am Sonntag. "Our car is fast but restless. Driving fast requires more work than driving the perfectly-tuned Ferrari," he added.

 

Fergal Walsh

Replies (2)

Login to reply
  • Diva driver driving a diva car

    • + 2
    • May 28 2017 - 12:49
  • No team's car is perfect, so surely everyone has a diva at some point in the season!

    • + 0
    • May 28 2017 - 16:41

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 2,386
  • Podiums 99
  • Grand Prix 122
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Date of b. Jan 7 1985 (36)
  • Place of b. Tewin, United Kingdom
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.74 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
21 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
25 - Jun 27
France
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
1 - Oct 3
Singapore
8 - Oct 10
Japan
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
29 - Oct 31
Mexico
5 - Nov 7
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Australia
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
21 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
25 - Jun 27
France Paul Ricard
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
1 - Oct 3
8 - Oct 10
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
29 - Oct 31
5 - Nov 7
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
Australia Albert Park
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar