Mercedes feels responsibility to ensure fair fight

nico rosberg vs lewis hamilton

Mercedes says its priority at the season finale in Abu Dhabi is to ensure both its drivers have a fair and equal shot at the title.

Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg by 17 points in the drivers’ championship ahead of the final round, but with double points on offer the title is still all to play for. Hamilton needs to finish second or win to make sure he takes his second world championship, but a third place finish would allow Rosberg a shot at the title with victory.

Mercedes executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe said the Mercedes team is purely focused on providing two reliable cars of equal competitiveness.

“We now look ahead to Abu Dhabi, which has been the scene of a number of exciting title showdowns in recent years – none with such intense focus as this season with double points on the table,” Lowe said. “We will be running the weekend exactly as we would normally do with the absolute aim of giving both drivers an equal and fair shot at the title.

“Nothing is more important in our minds and in our preparations as we approach this race. Yas Marina is an impressive facility, with the track itself containing a large quantity of corners and requiring high skill levels from the drivers to put together a fast lap.”

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