March 23, 2017

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Lewis Hamilton could quit F1 if he doesn't feel his success in Formula 1 is being valued, former chief Bernie Ecclestone has warned.

Since switching to Mercedes in 2013, Hamilton has enjoyed his most successful spell in his F1 career, racking up a total of 32 race victories and two drivers' world championships across the last four seasons.

But changes to the sport's technical rulebook during the off-season has offered fresh hope to Mercedes' rivals, and it is not clear whether the Brackley-based team will still be the ones to beat in Albert Park this weekend.

If Bottas can clinch his first world title this year, he will become the fourth driver from Finland after Keke Rosberg (1982), Mika Hakkinen (1998, 1999) and Kimi Raikkonen (2007) to do so - an incredible feat for a country of 5.5 million people.

Talking about changes, defending champions in the constructors' championship, Mercedes, will have a new driver in the grid for 2017.

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Green's initial shot went wide, but Smith fell to his belly and could not recover for Tatar's shot from the left circle. Andreas Athanasiou scored for the Red Wings , who, like their once-hated rival, are well out of the playoff hunt.

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The cars are wider, faster and more aggressive in their design this year in a bid to spice up a show dominated by Hamilton's Mercedes team. "It's a challenge we will take on with great motivation and energy", Wolff added.

"It wouldn't take much for him to say 'F*** it, I'm off.' That could be at the end of the year, it could be during the season".

"I'm sure he's going to put a lot of pressure on Lewis [Hamilton]". He's a three-time world champion, he's a great reference and everyone knows how good he is as a driver.

"I think he will increase the performance from Lewis as they [Mercedes] are always testing and developing the auto and the feeling [of the car]. So it's great to be the teammate to Lewis and I just wish we can have a very strong year in this new era of Formula One". "I see no reason why it should not continue like that".

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