Lewis Hamilton calls this season’s Mercedes W12 a ‘monstrous diva’. The seven-time world champion is referring to the fact that it is difficult to find the right setting for the car.
Mercedes dominated Formula 1 in recent years, but this season faced a new challenge due to the new floor regulations. The dominance disappeared and Red Bull was able to compete against the team that became champions seven years in a row. According to Lewis Hamilton, the fact that it is a difficult season also has to do with the fact that the W12 is difficult to adjust.
“I’d say I’m more committed than ever,” Hamilton told Motorsport.com. “Overall I am very happy with my dedication and achievements. But I’ve noticed that the car is very difficult to tune this year, that’s just a fact.”
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“I don’t know if it was last year or the year before when Toto (Wolff, team principal, ed.) called it a diva,” he continues. “But this is just a monstrous diva. What we have also noticed is that it is more difficult to put the car in the right window to get. And if that doesn’t work, you just limit your limit. It’s hard to maximize if the adjustment isn’t quite where you want it. It has been very, very hard to find the right set-up.”
That happened in one race: Brazil. “There I got the car exactly as I wanted it. We really hit the nail on the head there. But that may have only happened once or twice this year,” said Hamilton.