2014 F1

Mercedes: We will handle the situations that rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg

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Toto Wolff admits that it is expected that during the season the Mercedes has to handle situations where the competition between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg could blow up.

Following the two rounds of the season, Hamilton and Rosberg are first two positions in the championship standing with one top podium each.

“We are spending quite some time discussing those things, discussing scenarios and discussing situations,” Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff said.

“It’s Mercedes and it’s the team that comes first, but one day it will be rubbish. It’s all academic and we will run into situations where we have to manage – they are still very competitive creatures.

“The intra-team rivalry has been there since the beginning. It’s been there since last January. What makes a difference is that these guys have known each other for such a long time and they have a fair relationship with each other, but it doesn’t mean that they are not extremely competitive and that they will try to use every advantage they can.

“What is important is that we try to make it very clear from the beginning that the team has come from very far off, we have been fifth [in 2012], and you saw it last year in Malaysia that we ran into a situation that we didn’t manage in the way we should have managed because we were surprised how competitive we were, compared to our own feeling.”

Also he added that the concerns about the management of the relationship between the two drivers, Mercedes looking with particular attention to the possible recovery of the nearest rival, especially defending world champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull

“You cannot be complacent because we have seen a Red Bull right up our arse here,” he added.

“If you consider they have missed out on two thirds of the testing it was a necessary wake-up call for us.

“In this digital world it is so easy to forget so quickly what happened yesterday. We are still speaking about four-time world champions and here is us winning two races. We have a package that seems to be very good this season, but it is not consolidated yet and not sustainable yet.

“Nevertheless, I don’t want to diminish the work that has been done back in Stuttgart, Brackley, Brixworth and Kuala Lumpur for our fuels. But let’s keep quiet because they are bouncing back from what looked to be horrific testing.”

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