The new season in Formula One has begun in blistering fashion, a contrast to previous years, where Mercedes have dominated right from the start.
This time around, Ferrari have returned to their former selves and have been able to match the constructors' champions in the first four races.
Sebastian Vettel is currently leading the standings with 86 points, ahead of Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, and as things stand, it seems the German will pose the biggest threat to Mercedes' supremacy.
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But, former F1 boss Eddie Jordan has made a sensational claim that has taken the racing fraternity by storm.
Currently working as a TV pundit, the 69-year-old insisted recently that Mercedes have had talks with Vettel for a potential switch in 2018.
Speaking on the subject, he told Sport Bild, as quoted by Wheels24: "Of course they're talking with Vettel."
Jordan asserted on the fact that the move could be a masterstroke on Mercedes' part by not only getting the services of one of the best drivers of the present era, but weakening their title rivals Ferrari in the process.
He added: "They need to be. Formula One is a brutal business. It's not just about strengthening yourself, but weakening your opponent."
Although, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff completely denied the claims, stating it as not a major issue that deserves recognition.
The Austrian said: "There's nothing to it. I was only chatting with my Swiss neighbour."
Jordan is regarded as one the esteemed figures in the racing circuit who had rightly called some noteworthy predictions in the past, so the latest declaration cannot be completely ignored.
Meanwhile, Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda hailed the talent of the former four-time world champion, labelling him an impressive driver, yet played down the rumours of him driving for the UK-based outfit.
"He's [Vettel] the best at the moment", said the legend.
"He is a straightforward guy who knows what he wants, knows how to get something and knows how to extract maximum performance. Just an incredible guy."
Mercedes filled the void left by world champion Nico Rosberg with Valtteri Bottas, who signed on a one-year deal, but his performances have been commendable to say the very least and if he could continue the same form, he should indeed be rewarded with an extension.
The Finnish star has managed to finish in the podium places in three of the first four races this campaign, which includes his maiden win in Russia and is currently third behind Vettel and Hamilton in the drivers' championship standings.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Mercedes as any move on their part would impact others as well with the likes of Ferrari, Vettel, and Bottas all having a marked effect for the world champions' actions.
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