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George Russell, Mercedes-AMG, and Sir Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG
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Who will lead the Mercedes F1 resurgence in 2024?

It’s already one of the tastiest driver pairings on the Formula 1 grid. Now the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell is set to step up a gear since each has a big point to prove in the coming season, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains

The 2023 and 2016 Formula 1 seasons share a notable aspect: in win-percentage terms a single team in each – Red Bull and Mercedes at 95.5% and 90.5% respectively – achieved dominance comparable with McLaren’s 93.8% strangling of the 1988 campaign. But surely for all apart from the most ardent of Max Verstappen fans, last season offered precious little intrigue. With no title battle beyond the early rounds of a very long season, it became historically repetitive.

The 2016 campaign isn’t viewed as such – even though by then plenty of fans were tiring of Mercedes’ dominance. This is because, unlike Sergio Perez’s short-lived challenge to Verstappen last year, both drivers from the Silver Arrows squad had a shot at title glory. Lewis Hamilton versus Nico Rosberg was compulsive viewing.

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