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Rosberg rivalry not hurting Mercedes, insists Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has hit back at Toto Wolff's claim that his strained relationship with Nico Rosberg is having a detrimental effect on Mercedes.

Wolff, Hamilton's boss, described the simmering tension between his two drivers as Mercedes' "biggest weakness'' and also claimed he would consider dropping one of them should their relationship continue to sour.

But in response to Wolff's comments, Hamilton (pictured), who claimed his third Formula One World championship in October - his second in succession with Mercedes - said: "It is always blown so much out of proportion.

"We have had 16 one-two finishes so our relationship is not really causing any problems.

"I think we have both done a great job. It is not like he has been distracted and not finished high up, or vice-versa, so I think ultimately it is easy for people to take things for granted.

"We have not caused any problems and the energy within the team is as high as it is ever going to be and that is because we do what we do, how we do it.

"We are never going to be best friends, but somehow we make it work.

"There are some moments of tension but that is the same in any kind of sport I would imagine."

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