The reigning champions’ winning recipe has changed, with Valtteri Bottas replacing Nico Rosberg alongside Lewis Hamilton for 2017
WHAT’S NEW ? James Allison arrives as technical director, while Valtteri Bottas joins Lewis Hamilton on the grid. Both appointments are signicant enough to cause disruption, though so layered is Mercedes’ technical and operational excellence, they’re still nothing less than overwhelming favourites. Still, Bottas is a new foil for Hamilton, while Allison has a different area of specialism (aero) to that of his predecessor Paddy Lowe (systems), and both will take time to get up to speed.
F1 RA CING’S VERDICT Bet your house on these guys winning both titles again. But there are chinks in the armour that offer some hope to the chasing pack.
Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff Non-executive chairman Niki Lauda MD Powertrains Andy Cowell Technical director James Allison Engineering director Aldo Costa Technology director Geoffrey Willis
Founded 1886 First GP France 1954 Races started 148 Wins 64 Poles 73 Fastest laps 47 Points 3,050 Drivers’ titles 5 Constructors’ titles 3