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‘Toxic' Mercedes W12 a ‘little diva', says Wolff

Toto Wolff has had some unflattering things to say about the Mercedes W12, describing it as “toxic to drive” and “a little diva”. Mercedes encountered problems to a surprising extent during pre-season testing in Bahrain, giving rise to suggestions Red Bull are favourites to win the opening race of 2021. The seven-time consecutive World Champions were able to run for only six laps of Valtteri Bottas’ session on the opening morning of testing, while 24 hours later Sir Lewis Hamilton spun into the gravel, got beached and the car had to be transported back to the pits. In addition, the W12 looked difficult to handle and also not especially quick, although lap times in testing should...
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