Mercedes issue early warning for 2018 season

Date published: November 2 2017

Mercedes have vowed to “leave no stone unturned” as attention turns to producing a car capable of winning what would be a fifth consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship double.

Although 2017 saw a change in regulations, Mercedes remain top of the Formula 1 tree after wrapping up both titles with two races to spare this campaign.

Now that the Silver Arrows have reasserted their dominance, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has revealed some details on the process of preparing for the new season.

“We plan to keep the characteristics of our diva that we like but to get rid of the ones that have caused us difficulties,” Wolff said.

“Many of the teams have struggled to understand the new cars and tyres, why they function one day and not the other.

“If we look at the qualifying statistics and the race statistics, the W08 was the quickest car with the quickest driver.

“But we had some oscillations along the way, and we had some races where we struggled.
“We understand pretty well why that was the case. Now we just have to come up with a way of optimising it for next year. In the process, we will be leaving no stone unturned.”