Wolff: Hamilton and Rosberg free to race if battle remains clean

Mercedes will not interfere in the intra-team battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, unless the pair come to blows on the race track, says Toto Wolff.

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Hamilton and Rosberg were involved in a gripping wheel-to-wheel battle for the lead of last weekend’s frantic Bahrain Grand Prix, the Mercedes hierarchy allowing both their drivers to fight to the flag, with the 2008 champion the victor on the day.

And Mercedes will continue to shy away from imposing team orders – a sore point for many fans of the sport – as long as the on-track battle between the pair remains clean.

“It’s great watching two drivers of that level racing each other, fair and square, not risking the other car and still delivering a mega show,” said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

“It doesn’t get any better. It’s advertising for Formula 1 in a moment where lots of people are talking Formula 1 down.”

Wolff maintains that the situation will remain the same all year, until the point that the on-track action begins to reflect negatively on the team.

 ”Yes, until we lose some front wings and then we’ll sit down again and discuss whether this was the strategy. But they are racing drivers so it is all academic…

“I think you need the drivers to understand where the team came from and it’s important not to risk the image of our brand.

“We represent a big brand so we need to know what to do. And they did it in a fantastic and spectacular way.”

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

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