The reign­ing cham­pi­ons’ win­ning recipe has changed, with Valt­teri Bot­tas re­plac­ing Nico Ros­berg along­side Lewis Hamil­ton for 2017

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WHAT’S NEW ? James Al­li­son arrives as tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, while Valt­teri Bot­tas joins Lewis Hamil­ton on the grid. Both ap­point­ments are signicant 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

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