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The painful decision that Hamilton’s Ferrari F1 move has helped Mercedes avoid

OPINION: A week on from Lewis Hamilton’s shock announcement that he will switch to Ferrari from 2025, Mercedes will be assessing its next step in the Formula 1 driver market. How this scenario has played out has created an opportunity for the team but more importantly, prevented a potential meltdown

As Formula 1 bombshells go, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff definitely has some first-hand experience of being front and centre of them.

Back at the end of 2016, he had just landed at Frankfurt airport after a promotional trip to Kuala Lumpur to celebrate Nico Rosberg’s maiden world title when he received an unexpected phone call from the German. In that conversation, Rosberg, who had flown with Wolff all the way to Germany, informed him that he would be retiring with immediate effect.

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