13:29 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reckons the team has a fundamentally faster car than main rival Ferrari and is confident that the W08’s “difficult” traits can be improved over the course of the season.

Mercedes dominated Formula 1 from 2014-16 but Ferrari has emerged as a serious contender for titles in 2017, under revised regulations, with both championships finely balanced.

Mercedes’ fluctuating form, amid tyre and set-up troubles, prompted Wolff to call its car a “diva”, while Ferrari expressed confidence it has a car that can challenge at any track.

And reflecting on the opening third of the season, Wolff stated his belief that Mercedes is still the outright quickest team in Formula 1, but admits more work needs to be done.

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