Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton returns to the pits during the second practice session as part of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 25, 2016. / AFP / Karim Sahib (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

While the Formula One world continues to wait on official confirmation from Mercedes in regard to the second half of their 2017 driver line up, team boss Toto Wolff has reiterated that regardless of who partners Lewis Hamilton, the team’s best interests will continue to come first.

With three straight titles, both constructors and drivers, coming from the Brackley based squad, Wolff is only too aware of the position they continue to hold, however, flare ups between their drivers, such as the one in Spain that saw both drivers taken out of contention, only hurt the team as a whole and just like last season, it won’t be tolerated.

“Our team has broken records in the history books. We have pursued our goals with passion and determination; and we were tested at each turn by unexpected challenges," he said. "Nico was crowned champion and then departed the stage. Lewis needed strength of character to handle defeat with composure and dignity. We celebrated our success and we learned from our mistakes. Through all these moments, we have emerged stronger and more capable to face together the road ahead.”

“As we move forward, we will continue to be guided above all by the best interests of our team. This philosophy is bigger than any one season or any one person. It has forged a group that is humble in victory and gracious in defeat; hungry for challenge and resilient under pressure; never satisfied with the status quo, always seeking to improve. Our values have been the foundation stones of three world championships. And there will be no compromise as we begin our quest for a fourth in 2017."