user icon

Wolff admits Mercedes must tackle the car's "vicious character"

  • Published on 16 Dec 2017 12:18
  • comments 3
  • By: Fergal Walsh

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."

Replies (3)

Login to reply
  • Next year's Mercedes will surely not be as hard to drive. They will likely be able to fix things like their excess weight and long wheelbase.

    • + 0
    • Dec 16 2017 - 15:19
  • I think shortening the wheelbase will have little effect. There's clearly some mid-range missing in the Mercedes power unit. It's no coincidence that ALL Mercedes-driven teams perform less when tracks get twisty and turny. Shortening the wheelbase might in fact make you loose the one thing they truly dominate in, which is the pure pace. I think (and hope) Ferrari and Red Bull are being handed a gift by this change of course by Mercedes.

    • + 0
    • Dec 16 2017 - 17:35
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    This is hanging crepe. The MB power unit probably has closer to a 100 HP advantage over the ferrari in quail/pass mode. With the oil burn advantage gone it is probably less than that. Th long wheelbase was more than likely a solution that allowed to put the power down more effectively at high speed tracks that didn't work on lower speed tracks. Ferraris problems started after Spa where they started pulling off way more downforce to maintain speed. This is why when it rained they qualified so poorly. They did not want to say the oil burn hurt them that much because that leads to the suggestion that was cheating.

    • + 0
    • Dec 16 2017 - 18:35

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 2,636
  • Podiums 200
  • Grand Prix 254
  • Country GB
  • Date of b. Jan 7 1985 (36)
  • Place of b. Tewin, GB
  • 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
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
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
8 - Oct 10
Japan
8 - Oct 10
Turkey
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
5 - Nov 7
Mexico
12 - Nov 14
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Qatar
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
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
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
8 - Oct 10
8 - Oct 10
Turkey Istanbul Park
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
5 - Nov 7
12 - Nov 14
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar