Hamilton and Mercedes deny favouritism spec­u­la­tion amid Ros­berg’s streak

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Lewis Hamilton has urged For­mula 1 fans to back Mercedes as a team af­ter dis­miss­ing spec­u­la­tion the squad may be favour­ing Nico Ros­berg this year.

While Ros­berg has strolled to vic­tory in each of the first four races of 2016, Hamilton’s side of the garage has suf­fered a host of tech­ni­cal is­sues, in­clud­ing two hy­brid sys­tem fail­ures in suc­ces­sive races.

Hamilton’s plight has brought with it a wave of con­spir­acy the­o­ries on so­cial me­dia about Mercedes po­ten­tially fo­cus­ing more on Ros­berg this year in­stead of the three-time cham­pion.

Mercedes is­sued an open let­ter to fans last week say­ing: “We have the best guys and girls in the world, do­ing an awe­some job, week in and week out – and they do it for the team. Not for one driver or the other but for each other. There is no ‘A’ or ‘B’ team here.”

Hamilton then is­sued his own state­ment, adding: “I want you to know how grate­ful I am for all the sup­port. I’d like to ask that you please trust in my team, as I do. This is a fam­ily. Th­ese guys have been the great­est, hard­est-work­ing peo­ple for me, and that is why I am now a three-time world cham­pion.

“Please don’t put any thought into my team do­ing any­thing un­just to­wards me, and un­der­stand that it would be in no one’s best in­ter­est for that to be the case.”

Mercedes: No ‘A’ and ‘B’ drivers

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