Mercedes drivers ‘a little bit like teenagers’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are like teenagers pushing boundaries as they try to get the upper hand in their growing rivalry.

The tension between the two intensified over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend after Hamilton felt Rosberg prevented him setting a final quick lap in qualifying. On his final attempt, Rosberg missed his braking point at Mirabeau and took the escape road, causing Hamilton to slow for yellow flags at the corner and settle for second place.

Wolff has made clear that he does not think Rosberg took to the run-off zone on purpose, but highlighted existing divisions between the two that sparked the growing rift. He says Mercedes has put up boundaries of fair play to manage the rivalry, but that the drivers – like teenagers with their parents – are pushing the limits to see what they can get away with.

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