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Drivers won't collide again - Wolff

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff fully trusts Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will avoid contact at Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

Two weeks after Rosberg collided with Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix, the two drivers line up on the front row of the grid at Monza. The long run down to Turn 1 and heavy braking zone ahead of the first chicane has seen plenty of accidents in the past, but Wolff is confident his drivers will not make contact again on track.

"I think it is pretty clear where the line is for tomorrow [Sunday]," Wolff said. "And I have no doubt that this is how the race is going to pan out.

"Because we didn't know the grid we didn't have the discussion yet. But you can see that the two of them are so professional and experienced, that after the discussions we had in the week after Spa it should be pretty obvious and clear about what is going to happen tomorrow.

"But we are going to have that discussion as always - the strategy discussion - and one of the points is going to be what is happening in the first couple of laps."

A comment made by Wolff on Thursday sparked discussion that Mercedes might change its line-up if the drivers continued to make contact at the remaining races, but on Saturday evening he made clear that he is not expecting that to happen.

"It [the Spa clash] was the first time [it happened], and we've had 12 races and 11 without any problems. That was an extreme scenario which I don't see happening [again] with those two characters.

"If in the next three or four race we have cars crashing into each other then we need to consider what to do. But this is not going to happen."

Wolff said the only point at which he had truly considered imposing team orders was directly after the race in Belgium.

"The closest I possibly was to deciding on team orders was a minute after the race ended. That emotion went down because we decided at the beginning of the year to go with the philosophy of letting them race, with two equal drivers and a fair chance of going for the championship. In my opinion, once you decide on a philosophy you stick with that philosophy and go until the end. That's still the case."

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