Mercedes' success in its record-breaking 2019 Formula 1 season means it must pay its highest-ever FIA entry fee for next year, despite scoring fewer points than in '16.
The FIA mandates a basic fee for all teams to enter the F1 world championship plus extra for each point gained in the previous season, with the constructors' world champion hit with a slightly higher rate per-point.
Mercedes became the first team in F1 history to score six consecutive title doubles by clinching the drivers' and constructors' championships this year.
It scored 739 points throughout the season, better than all its title-winning tallies since 2014 except its 765-point haul three years ago.
However, the FIA has slightly increased the points-based fee in the past two years based on the US Consumer Price Index, which means Mercedes must pay more than ever for its F1 entry for 2020, despite scoring fewer points than it did in '16.
The FIA has set the basic 2020 entry fee for all teams at $556,509, plus $6,677 per point scored in the 2019 season for the winning constructor and $5,563 per point for everybody else.
That amounts to $4,934,303 for Mercedes' 739-point haul this year, just under $200,000 more than its points-based fee from 2016 and over $600,000 higher than 2018.
It means Mercedes' total entry fee comes to $5,490,812, more than $2million more than the next highest entry fee.
Second-placed finisher in the constructors' championship Ferrari must pay $2.8m for the 504 points it scored this year, taking its total fee to $3.3m.
If Mercedes paid the same per-point rate as its rivals, its entry fee would be more than $800,000 cheaper.
At the other end of the table, the Williams team's poor season means it has comfortably the smallest points-based fee: $5,563 for the point Robert Kubica scored in the German Grand Prix.
Team-by-team entry fee costs for 2020
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The price of Mercedes' success (2015-20 entry fees)
|Season||Previous year's points||Points-based entry fee||Cost per point|