Wolff: Mercedes has fastest car on grid
19 June 2017 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reckons the team has a fundamentally faster car than main rival Ferrari and is confident that the W08's "difficult" traits can be improved over the course of the season.
Mercedes dominated Formula 1 from 2014-16 but Ferrari has emerged as a serious contender for titles in 2017, under revised regulations, with both championships finely balanced.
Mercedes' fluctuating form, amid tyre and set-up troubles, prompted Wolff to call its car a "diva", while Ferrari expressed confidence it has a car that can challenge at any track.
And reflecting on the opening third of the season, Wolff stated his belief that Mercedes is still the outright quickest team in Formula 1, but admits more work needs to be done.
"We've joked about it being a bit of a diva, but it's a good car, though sometimes it can be difficult," said Wolff, as he previewed this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
"This is something we have to accept so that we can understand and appreciate the many positive characteristics that it has.
"I believe our car is the fastest on the grid and I wouldn't want any other."
Wolff emphasised how proud he was of Mercedes during its post-Monaco analysis, which resulted in a 1-2 finish at the Canadian Grand Prix, and his desire for further steps.
"Seeing all the analysis that had been done after Monaco come together so well in Canada gave us great satisfaction, now it's about maintaining that momentum," he commented.
"You're being benchmarked constantly on the current performance. Public companies issue reports four times per year. We do it 20 times, on a very public platform, the race track.
"When you have a bad day, you can either be downbeat about it or pull yourself up and start to act on it. This is what we have done.
"These are the days that make you progress much more than the good days. Like the old saying goes, success is a lousy teacher.
"Every time we've had a difficult weekend we have come back stronger, and that speaks volumes for the people in this team.
"In this season, where it's so close, you need to take it one race at a time and try to have the best package at each race – chassis, power unit, and drivers.
"This is how we are approaching it and that's the only way."
Sebastian Vettel holds a 12-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' standings, while Mercedes leads Ferrari by eight points in the Constructors' battle.