Why Mercedes was so confused by its diva

Why Mercedes was so confused by its diva

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff famously labelled its W08 a "diva". Was the car that won the manufacturer a fourth consecutive world championship double really as truculent as all that?

"I'm proud of its flaws because she's not been perfect," was Lewis Hamilton's verdict on the Mercedes W08 on the day he won his fourth world championship. "While people have written that we've had the best car, I don't believe we've had the best car. I think we've been the best team."

Inarguably, and although Lewis sealed the title with two races to run, this has been the tightest season of the hybrid era. The popular narrative - one that's already been documented extensively - has it that Lewis claimed the silverware in spite of a car that swung needily between being devastatingly quick and infuriatingly high maintenance.

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