Mercedes may feel a sense of deja vu with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton locked in an increasingly exclusive battle for the Formula One title but team boss Toto Wolff says it is different to what went before.

A full-blown, gloves-off, intra-team rivalry – such as Mercedes had to manage with Hamilton and retired champion Nico Rosberg – remains a long way off.

“I think we are lucky that they have a very good relationship, they get on with each other, there is not a lot of games in the background and I’m very happy about that,” said Wolff after Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.”But … we have seen relationships deteriorate. We want them to be feisty, lions in the car. But, equally, the respect needs to stay in there.”

Bottas and Hamilton are separated by just one point at the top of the standings after two wins and two second places each, with the Finn ahead because he set the fastest lap in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

By Ian Dei

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