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How Force India deal may hurt McLaren, Renault and Williams
Force India's salvation deal could well involve it developing a much deeper relationship with Mercedes - and that possibility is at the heart of why three rival teams are standing in the way of its prize money payments.
The purchase of Force India by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll has put a renewed focus on the controversial question of collaboration between Formula 1 teams.
Some rivals have made it clear that they fear Force India will now further strengthen its ties with Mercedes - possibly to the extent of becoming a de facto B-team.
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