Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Halo raises hackles as Mercedes present their new 'diva'

Halo raises hackles as Mercedes present their new 'diva'

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said he would chop off Formula One's new halo head-protection device with a chainsaw if he had his wish as the double world champions unveiled their new F1 vehicle for the 2018 season.

When asked for his thoughts on it, Wolff replied: "I'm not impressed with the whole thing and if you gave me a chainsaw I would take it off".

"I think that the team have done a good job to integrate it (the Halo) and make it look as nice as they can".

And the reigning world champion has vowed to continue raising his own level as he bids to become just the third driver to win five or more titles.

"I've played a lot of racing simulation games with my brother", said Hamilton.

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Mercedes have launched the vehicle they will hope can better the 12 race wins and 15 pole positions achieved en route to securing a fourth straight Constructors' Championship in 2017.

"There were areas previous year that were great but I want to improve on those".

"I'm always in awe of the team, there are so many people, so many parts and to see that come together, all..." It was easier to overtake. "This one is strong enough to grab it and get out of the vehicle".

But the British driver appeared in a buoyant mood here ahead of a campaign which could see him join Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher as the only drivers in the sport's history to have won the championship on more than four occasions. But he said there was no doubt about his commitment and that of the team. "Last year's regulations were brand new and we weren't quite sure which direction they would take us in". Despite the concept originally being suggested by Mercedes, Wolff has urged the FIA to come up with a better-looking solution as soon as possible.

While Hamilton was addressing questions about his performances off the track, his 2017 rival Sebastian Vettel was busy facing ones about Ferrari's display on it, having managed to throw away the title last season when unreliability wrecked Vettel's chance to fight Hamilton and clinch what would've been his fifth drivers' championship. "Yes it does", said Wolff. "Williams has gone very radical". "We try to optimise and we can't from where we sit have an holistic approach to the global spectacle".

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