Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says that Mercedes must work towards ridding the 2018 Mercedes car of its vicious character. Throughout the 2017 season, Wolff described the Mercedes W08 as a diva as it tended to underperform at certain tracks.
Mercedes once again wrapped up the constructor's title for the fourth consecutive year, while Lewis Hamilton took another world title. Wolff says that it is important that next year's car is a diva, but it must not contain some qualities.
"You have to be careful in interpreting the pace,” Wolff said. "This has been the start of the 2018 season, I’m not sure we’ve seen everything on the cars that will be on the cars next year. So far, I just don’t feel like we should be patting ourselves on the shoulder on how great we were in the last race.
"I’d rather stay sceptical, leaving no stone unturned and optimising the deficits of the car. But at the end of the day it was the quickest car, it was a diva. We’d like to keep the diva but get rid of her vicious character."
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