Lowe: Mercedes focusing on equality in Abu Dhabi

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Mercedes technical team boss Paddy Lowe has said that the team is focusing on ensuring that both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are given a fair shot at the Formula 1 drivers’ championship in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

Hamilton enters the final race of the season with a 17-point lead over Rosberg, but with double points being awarded at Yas Marina, Rosberg does still enjoy a fighting chance of claiming his first world title.

In a year that has seen a number of technical issues dash the hopes of both drivers, Lowe has said that the team is now focusing on ensuring that the W05 cars are at the peak of their powers for the final race.

“We now look ahead to Abu Dhabi, which has been the scene of a number of exciting title showdowns in recent years – none with such intense focus as this season with double points on the table,” Lowe said.

“We will be running the weekend exactly as we would normally do with the absolute aim of giving both drivers an equal and fair shot at the title. Nothing is more important in our minds and in our preparations as we approach this race.

“Yas Marina is an impressive facility, with the track itself containing a large quantity of corners and requiring high skill levels from the drivers to put together a fast lap.

“We can expect a significant following both at the circuit and around the world for such a dramatic conclusion to the season, so we hope to put on a good show.”

Following the introduction of the new V6 turbo power units for 2014, reliability has been a key problem for teams, with a number of drivers being hit with grid penalties in recent weeks.

With the race in Abu Dhabi worth double points, most of the teams have reserved their freshest parts for next weekend, with Fernando Alonso using an underpowered engine in Austin and Brazil to accommodate this.