History has created a monster Mercedes can't control

History has created a monster Mercedes can't control

Was the Austrian GP clash one Mercedes tangle too far? If the team orders hammer does come down on Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, they can't claim they didn't see it coming after racking up the flashpoints

How to reconcile the burning individual ambition of two elite Formula 1 drivers with their team's imperative to achieve the best collective result possible, without imposing a directive that will neutralise the sporting spectacle to which they all have a duty of care?

It seems Mercedes may have finally reached the point at which it feels this delicate balance of disharmony can no longer be maintained, after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided while fighting for victory on the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.

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