Wolff: Merc rivalry intensifying

Tuesday 27-May-2014 09:44

Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolfff admitted that the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is "getting a bit intense".

Speaking to after last week's Monaco Grand Prix, Wolff added that he wants to continue encouraging Hamilton and Rosberg to race.

Hamilton believes Rosberg went off deliberately during qualifying to ensure he starts on pole position for the race in the Principality, where the starting position on the grid is vital to a strong race result.

Since Sunday's race, which Rosberg won to reclaim the Drivers' Championship lead from Hamilton, it has emerged that both drivers turned up their engine settings in recent races - against team orders - in an attempt secure the victory.

During the interview with, Wolff admitted that the situation win the Mercedes garage has intensified since the start of the season, but he remains confident that the situation can be resolved without imposing strict orders on the two title rivals.

"It was OK, it tends to be overestimated and overanalysed," Wolff said.

"Both of them know that they have a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a shot at the world championship. They have a tool in their hand which is able to deliver and their main enemy is their team-mate.

"It is clear that it is getting a bit intense internally, but I think we owe it to the sport to let them race as long as it is kept within the philosophy.

"We always sit down. We have done throughout the weekend, we've done it before the weekend, we've done it in Barcelona.

"Sometimes one is upset, then it's the other one. I guess it's normal and understandable and we have great respect for that."

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