May 06, 2016

    Merc: Both Hamilton, Rosberg given equal chances


    MERCEDES published an open letter to Formula One fans on Wednesday to emphasise team unity and counter accusations that championship leader Nico Rosberg is favoured over Lewis Hamilton.

    German driver Rosberg has won seven races in a row, including the first four of 2016, while Hamilton has not triumphed since he won his third world title in Texas last October.

    The Briton has also had two engine failures in four races.

    Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff spoke out against social media critics and conspiracy theorists at last weekend's Russian Grand Prix.

    The team returned to the theme, addressing "the haters, the naysayers, the conspirators" and pointing out how much hard work was done behind the scenes to give each driver an equal chance.

    "There is no 'A' or 'B' team here," the letter said after chronicling the amount of work put in by more than 1,000 employees at the factory and racetrack to make the team successful.

    The duo finished one-two in Russia but Mercedes said that had been little short of miraculous, despite appearances.

    Some "alarming behaviour" was detected from Rosberg's energy recovery system after his pitstop. After consulting with the governing FIA, the team told him to switch to a setting that would control the issue.

    The next race in the 21-round season is the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on May 15.