Mercedes: The Diva of Awesome Cars?

Posted 11/6/17

Is Mercedes the Diva of awesome cars? Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff certainly thinks so. He described Mercedes as “a bit of a diva to get it into the right window,” explaining why Mercedes can still be an awesome car yet still have wide variations when it came to its drivers qualifying in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Wolff’s Explanation

“We have a great team, that has shown in the past their strength in analysing data and finding out how to put it on the track on Friday, and then develop it over the weekend,” Wolff told Motor Sport. “This is one of the outliers that we’ve had in the past. We’ve had it in Singapore for different reasons, but this is another one. It’s the second weekend that comes into my mind after three years or four years where we’ve struggled really badly from the get-go, from FP2, with set-up.”

Wheel Trouble

One problem? The tires. “It’s very tricky to get the tyres into the window and make the front axle work and at the same time make the rear axle work,” Wolff admitted. “And you can see that, on his lap, the car drops in and drops out, unfortunately mostly out of it.”

Well, that’s nothing our Mercedes mechanics have noticed on the local Cincinnati Grand Prix better known as I-71, but hey, we were just racing traffic.

Car Troubleshooting 101 for Dummies

When it comes to troubleshooting your own car problems, you don’t need to be an expert mechanic to have a pretty good idea when something’s wrong. Pay attention to any dripping fluids. Whether it’s brake fluid, steering fluid, coolant, or oil, that fluid is important to the operating function of your car. When you park, try sticking a piece of cardboard underneath and pay attention to any fluid stains the next day. Clanking or creaking sounds in your car could be a sign of worn out suspension. A prolonged squealing under the hood could be a sign of a bad belt. Have the belt tightened or replaced.