How F1's independent teams can thrive

How F1's independent teams can thrive

Being an independent team on the Formula 1 grid is a precarious way of life, but as two British-based outfits are showing, there are different ways to make it work

Both are Mercedes-powered and enjoy close ties to the Triple Pointed Star, and both have in recent times scored podiums and front row starts without converting such performances to victory under the hybrid regulations.

Both enjoy seats on the Strategy Group status without benefiting fully from Constructor Championship Bonus status; and both are based in that crescent known as Britain's 'motorsport valley'. Extending the similarities between the two Formula 1 teams even further, both have liquor companies as primary sponsors.

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