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Mercedes "tuned up" to handle Hamilton/Rosberg battle fairly

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Mercedes "tuned up" to handle Hamilton/Rosberg battle fairly
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Sep 7, 2016, 10:06 AM

Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe says that the team does not have any concerns about maintaining a level playing field for its drivers as the title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg heads towards a climax.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 Team
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 on the grid
Race winner Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates on the podium
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 on the grid
The podium (L to R): second place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1; Race winner Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1; third place Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

Hamilton is just two points ahead of Rosberg after the German won the Italian Grand Prix, with seven races to go.

But Lowe insists that the team is now used to treating both men equally.

"We're dealing with that all the time," Lowe told Motorsport.com.

"One of our big, huge focuses in the team is to work as one, and keep everything absolutely as fair as possible with the drivers, and indeed for everybody to work together for the common interest, which is to get the quickest car on the day.

"So that problem doesn't exist. We're geared up for it already. Yes, it's going to intensify as we close in on the final races, but we're already tuned up for that."

Lowe acknowledged that matters could become more complicated if a performance upgrade is available when Rosberg takes his final power unit of the season, but he repeated Toto Wolff's assertion that there is currently no plan to do introduce an improved engine.

"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. We're not actually facing that situation at the moment. In theory it can arise, but I'm sure we'll deal with it in the fairest possible way."

Lowe says that he is taking nothing for granted in terms of the advantage the team has over its rivals.

"I never come to a race with any confidence in anything, apart from that we should go in and do in our best.

"As you know in this sport all sorts of things can arise, and you've got no better example than Singapore last year, where we really got it badly wrong.

"One of the big points of pride for the team is to go back and get it right. Now our heads are on the block to test whether our analysis is correct!"

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