Opinion: Decision time for Mercedes

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Opinion: Decision time for Mercedes

10:36 – Mercedes has admirably given equal treatment to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in 2017, but it risks losing out to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel if it does not back the Briton in the title race.

Since Mercedes emerged as Formula 1’s dominant force in 2014 it recognised the need to allow Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to race, ensuring that there remained a captivating storyline at the front of the field. It was good for Formula 1, good for Mercedes and in both 2014 and 2016 the title was decided at the finale. Mercedes’ devotion to equal treatment bordered on the paranoid, so reluctant was it to be seen favouring one driver over the other.

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