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Wolff wary of schism spreading beyond drivers

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is wary of a divide developing within the Mercedes team as the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg intensifies.

At the Monaco Grand Prix the tension within the team was ratcheted up after Lewis Hamilton was unable to complete a qualifying lap due to Nico Rosberg running wide. Wolff said the rivalry is spreading into the two sides of the garage and that the senior management had to remind the team that it is working towards a single goal.

"It's a very interesting situation because the guys in the race team have been racing together and working together for, some of them, more than ten years. It's a group that travels together and they are friends, but it's getting quite intense between the teams.

"It's completely normal because they are very competitive people - if you do this job you are either nuts or competitive! So we have to sometimes gently remind them this is one team we are working for."

Wolff stressed that Mercedes remains committed to giving Rosberg and Hamilton equal opportunities in every respect.

"Within the team we are transparent with our data and we give our drivers equal equipment and equal opportunity to succeed. We have fair processes in place to handle things like which driver runs first on the road in qualifying, or who has the priority in race strategy.

"We constantly question any area in which we think we can improve how we work but we are not planning to make any changes. Our priority at every race weekend is that a Silver Arrows wins - not which driver wins. We want to see hard, fair competition that does not damage the success of the team."

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