ALL Mercedes’ 1,200 staff will scoop a £10,000-plus bonus if Lewis Hamilton’s team seal a seventh straight F1 constructors’ title on Sunday.
Brit Lewis Hamilton or team-mate Valterri Bottas need only finish fourth this weekend to spark a tasty bonus for all Mercedes’ staff
Flying Finn Valterri Bottas is second-placed in the F1 drivers’ table, 77 points behind six-time champ Lewis Hamilton
And Hamilton‘s earliest chance to win his own seventh world title could arrive as early as the Turkish GP, with three races to spare.
Mercedes lead Red Bull by 209 points with 220 still available.
The Brackley-based team are currently F1‘s fourth most successful team but can pass WIlliams with just another two victories.
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Nonetheless, Damon Hill fears Hamilton’s astonishing 92 wins could fail the test of time due to a lack of competition.
While Hamilton was pushed to the wire by his former teammate Nico Rosberg, his current partner Bottas, cannot match the Brit for speed.
Hill, who won the title in 1996, said: “There is a risk that Lewis’ achievements will be measured against the intensity of his competition.
“He had to fight hard against Nico but he pretty much had the upper hand on him most of the time.
“Valtteri is doing a solid job but he cannot keep up with Lewis during the races.
“Mercedes have totally dominated this era and Lewis is not being challenged.
“He demolishes everyone but we are missing the chance to see the best of him because if he had to fight hard that is when you see the great drivers shine.
“You cannot keep saying look at the king’s lovely new coat over and over again.”
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team will get more than fringe benefits if he or Valtteri Bottas help wrap up the constructors’ crown on Sunday