Is Mercedes as vulnerable as F1 hopes?

Is Mercedes as vulnerable as F1 hopes?

We're led to believe that major rule changes shake up the order in F1. But look closely at the factors surrounding previous shifts among the top teams, and you'll see it's not as straightforward as some like to believe

Everyone who follows Formula 1, except those who work in Brackley, Brixworth or Stuttgart of course, hopes that 2017's major rule changes will shake up the competitive order, perhaps even end the overwhelming dominance displayed by Mercedes since F1's last major rule change in '14.

Mercedes has remained cautious about the prospect of maintaining its vice-like grip on the world championship amid changes some say are on a scale F1 hasn't seen in decades. The German manufacturer feels it will be difficult for any team to sustain success through a period of major rules transformation.

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