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Realistic Expectations for Mercedes in 2016 Formula 1 Season

It was soon after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Belgian Grand Prix on August 23 last year when Mercedes' 2016 season began. His sixth victory of 2015 at Spa-Francorchamps saw Hamilton extend his points lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg to 28 points and establish a 67-point advantage over third-placed Sebastian Vettel, instantly stifling the excitement surrounding the Ferrari driver's victory at the previous round in Hungary. With just eight races remaining, the title was almost theirs, the fat lady was beginning to clear her throat and their work for the year was, to all intents and purposes, complete. So a fortnight later, at the Italian Grand Prix, Mercedes spent all of their remaining engine-development tokens on a "tactical" upgrade, ...

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