• Second placed British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, left, and winner German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, right, celebrate with a Mercedes team member after the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom racetrack in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, May 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Mercedes F1 team pens open letter to reassure doubtful fans

    PARIS (AP) — The Mercedes Formula One team published an open letter to fans on Wednesday to counter speculation on social media following the Russian Grand Prix that it favors Nico Rosberg over teammate Lewis Hamilton.