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Wolff: Rosberg and Hamilton are tense, but not Senna/Prost

May 29, 2014, 9:23 AM EDT

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The Mercedes team battle of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton has been compared to the Ayrton Senna/Alain Prost rivalry with McLaren in 1988 and 1989, but according to Mercedes’ Toto Wolff, that’s an incorrect comparison.

“There have been a lot of comparisons to the Senna/Prost scenario, which is a kind of compliment to both Lewis and Nico,” the Mercedes-Benz Motorsport president said on the team’s official website, “but the situation here is very different.

“The racing philosophy of Mercedes-Benz is to allow our drivers to compete: we let the boys play with their toys, unless they break them.”

Thus far they haven’t – in fact only a mechanical failure for Hamilton at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix has been the only time where a Mercedes hasn’t finished first or second this season. They have amassed 240 of a possible 258 points this season.

In Bahrain, Hamilton and Rosberg engaged in a titanic scrap for the lead, but didn’t overstep the boundaries. The battle reached its zenith at Monaco this past weekend with Rosberg’s qualifying mistake, Hamilton’s less than positive comments about it, and Rosberg controlling the race from start to finish.

Niki Lauda has vowed to get them back on civil terms before the Canadian Grand Prix next weekend.

  1. manik56 - May 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    I hope the fued escalates. Their battle is the only thing preventing this season from being a bust competatively speaking.

  2. mcseforsale - May 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Sorry guys. Until you’re screaming through casino square with one hand on the wheel, one hand on the shifter at 170, you won’t be Senna/Prost. 😀 Loving the rivalry, though. Just don’t make it personal.

    • barrylibby - May 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Extremely well said!

    • crunge4461 - May 30, 2014 at 3:54 AM

      Even though I completely agree that nothing that anyone does today really compares to the super fast, super dangerous, no power steering, blistered hands, one hand driving glory days….I think this rivalry could be interesting…Hamilton was visibly upset and I have every reason to believe that Rosberg did that interntionally…Hamilton has dominated him, his only win prior to Monaco was when Hamilton basically could not make the start, Nico, knew poll meant victory…highly suspect in my opinion…hopefully, they will have some coming togethers later in the season…please, for the fans!!!

  3. techmeister1 - May 29, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Hammy is just having another one of his typical emotional melt downs. Rosberg is laughing at how ignorant Hammy acts. When Hammy isn’t making an arse of himself in media interviews, he’s arguing with his engineer on the radio. Biting the hand that feeds him isn’t very wise. No one at McLaren misses Hammy, not even Ron Dennis. They could see he turned into a monster from being treated too well. The media however needs something to write about so they act like this is a big rivalry.

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