Why Mercedes can't punish Hamilton

Why Mercedes can't punish Hamilton

Mercedes threatened repercussions for Lewis Hamilton's attempts at 'anarchy' in Abu Dhabi. But there seems little it can actually do - at least for now

Once again the tensions between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes employers have been laid bare, in public - all the more exposed for having come to light during the championship decider, and in what would otherwise have been a processional and jejune Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Opinions differ as to whether Hamilton was right or not to 'occupy the crease' in the manner of the famously slow-scoring cricketer Geoffrey Boycott, who once took a whopping nine and a half hours to reach a score of 246 not out. But the majority of people who work in or around motor racing believe that Hamilton did the right thing - for himself - in backing his team-mate, Nico Rosberg, into the clutches of rivals approaching quickly from behind, and ignoring all instructions to cease and desist.

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