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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are told to put the team first

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have again been reminded of their responsibilities to Mercedes after the team were forced to tackle head on the tension that rose between them in China.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff  is confident the matter has been laid to rest after Rosberg bemoaned Hamilton's "selfish" tactics following their one-two finish in Shanghai.

Hamilton was absolved of any blame by both Wolff and Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.

With the next race in Bahrain following up swiftly on Sunday, Wolff said: "We saw tensions between Nico and Lewis in the race and we tackled them directly on Sunday night to stop anything carrying over to this weekend.

"When you have intense competition it's normal it causes emotions to run high - and that's not something we want to change.

"Both drivers are now very focused on delivering maximum performance in Bahrain.

"We maintain our philosophy of letting the drivers race, but they both know the number one priority is to win for Mercedes."

Championship leader Hamilton has so far trounced Rosberg this season.

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