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Driver data will remain open - Wolff

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Mercedes does not want to let a divide grow between its drivers © Sutton Images

Toto Wolff insists Mercedes will continue to share information between both sides of the garage even if Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fight for the title all season.

Rosberg was able to gain pole in Bahrain after studying telemetry from Hamilton's runs during practice, after seeing his team-mate top the timesheets in all three sessions. Mercedes' motorsport boss Wolff welcomes that approach and is not about to put a stop to it any time soon, even if it seems likely the pair will only be fighting each other for the drivers' title.

"The open information policy is something that we will always continue to have," Wolff is quoted as saying by Autosport. "It is a rule that both sides of the garage are open and transparent with each other. But, we have to be realistic. They [the drivers] have to try to find the edge, and maybe they will hold a little bit back until the last bit of the qualifying session, which is absolutely normal."

Mercedes has made itself the team to beat in 2014 and Wolff has faith the drivers understand cooperation is needed to maintain the team's position at the front.

"There will be no such thing as working on your side of the garage and not sharing that information, because both drivers know where the team have come from. We are in a very lucky position that we are able to be in front at the moment and we want to maintain that spirit and philosophy."

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