Formula 1's established underdog - that has worked wonders on its budget in 2017 - is one that will soon face a crucial decision if it wants to make any further progress...
Mercedes is receiving the plaudits after another spectacular Formula 1 season and rightly so. Defending the drivers' and constructors' championships across a major regulation change is historic. It is its fourth successive double, echoing Red Bull's achievement through relatively stable rules between 2010 and '13.
But the accolade for the most impressive achievement of the year can be found three places down the Constructors' Championship standings.
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