Halo raises hackles as Mercedes present their new 'diva'

Halo raises hackles as Mercedes present their new 'diva'

When asked about the state of the negotiations with Mercedes during the launch of its new auto, Hamilton said: "Me and Toto have been talking for a while".

Toto Wolff, who runs the Mercedes F1 team, has said that he is not impressed with the new Halo cockpit safety device and would chop it off with a chainsaw if he was given half the chance.

"If you would have asked us the question this time previous year we would have sad Red Bull and it was Ferrari", said Wolff. We need to come up with a solution that simply looks better.

"I know there's no one else better and Toto knows there's no one else better than me, so he is not looking anywhere else".

Mercedes have been the sport's dominant force in recent times with Hamilton surpassing Sir Jackie Stewart as the only British driver to win more than three championships after he beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to the title a year ago.

Four-times world champion Hamilton was less fussed, telling reporters he expected everyone to get used to it after a few races.

Mercedes are once again favourites heading into the Formula One season, with bookmakers Neds listing Lewis Hamilton at $2.10 to win his fifth World Championship, while the team is $1.57 favourites to take out the constructors title. "It's just about sorting out the details", said the 33-year-old. The minute you put the date out, you are going to be remembered about the date and it doesn't make any sense to put ourselves under pressure.

"Ferrari is very strong, Red Bull is very strong".

"The sooner the better it is".

"It's a auto that we both pushed and developed through the year last year", said Hamilton at the team's Silverstone launch. "This one is strong enough to grab it and get out of the vehicle".

How badly it affects performances will finally come to light when pre-season testing begins on Monday, with the season getting underway on the weekend of 23-25 March at the Australian Grand Prix.

He added: "Hopefully we will have something done by the first race but we are in no rush".

Most of the F1 teams have now revealed their new cars for the upcoming campaign with Hamilton's Mercedes doing so today. "The heavier they are, they will always continue to get slower".

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