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Mid-season review: Mercedes on top, but under threat

Motorsport Week concludes its team-by-team mid-season Formula 1 review series with Mercedes, can the reigning champions keep their crown, or will the tougher competition they face from Ferrari and Red Bull prove too much? Mercedes set the benchmark in Formula 1 in dominant fashion for the first three years of the hybrid era and remained ahead last year amid renewed pressure from Ferrari. But through little fault of its own it now faces the prospect of trying to win the title with a potentially inferior car – a testament to its initial prowess, Ferrari’s gains, and the gradual convergence of chassis and engine between the title contenders. Mercedes remains a force to be reckoned...
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