Both Hamilton and Wolff know that the Brit must outscore his rival Vettel by seven points if he is to end the title fight on Sunday. This means that if Hamilton wins, Vettel must finish second to hang on until Mexico.
If Mercedes were to use team orders, it would not be for the first time this season. The team controversially used them against Valtteri Bottas in the Russian Grand Prix, where they gifted Hamilton the victory to prevent any potential attack from Vettel.
Wolff said: “We have been discussing that and struggling so much with the decision. Eventually when it comes on Sunday, I probably would go for the points but in my heart I hate it. Let’s see how Sunday goes.
"We were discussing 2007 and when the championship was lost with two races to go with a few points and it is really just a full concentration every single day and if the points are enough then we are lucky and we will have a big celebration. If not, then we go to the next race and we push very hard.”
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing