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Mercedes may replace Hamilton or Rosberg if troubled relationship continues – Wolff

Mercedes drivers troubled relationship a big weakness - Wolff

Mercedes drivers troubled relationship a big weakness – Wolff

Mercedes will consider replacing either Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg if their sour relationship continues as Toto Wolff says the team want to work with ‘nice guys’.

In an interview with Motorsport.com published on Wednesday, Wolff suggested Mercedes would consider changing its driver line-up if relationship strains affected the team.

Mercedes secured a record-breaking season with winning the drivers’ and constructors’ championships, there has been much exposed unhappiness between the team’s drivers.

The Mercedes boss indicated that it is the teams’ biggest weakness.

“We are having huge unity within the team, but the difficult relationship of the drivers is one of our weaknesses…and that is not good,” Wolff told motorsport.com.

“If I were to analyse what are the biggest strengths and the biggest weakness of the team, I would say the biggest strength is the quality and the characters of the personalities within the team.

“The biggest weakness is the dynamic of the relationship between the drivers – and sometimes between the drivers and the team.”

The Mercedes duo account for the entire race wins this season bar three. Despite their success, the losing driver has tended to voice his frustration to the media.

“We struggle sometimes in winning races on Sunday and having always one [driver] upset,” added Wolff.

“And this spills over into the team. It is something that needs to stop. I think it is important to have talented and fast drivers in the car. But we want to work with nice guys.”

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