F1: Tensions have increased at Mercedes and they’re only going to escalate

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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were full of beans after their thrilling fight for victory in Bahrain. They jokingly wrestled in parc-ferme and talked about their battle through a flurry of hugs and backslaps behind the podium.

There was none of that in Barcelona. Rosberg consciously avoided Hamilton in parc-ferme and, beyond a frosty handshake, there was barely a glance exchanged between them after the race. Within the space of just two Grands Prix the mood has definitely changed at Mercedes.

That intra-team tension translates directly onto the circuit. Hamilton’s agitated radio messages give an indication of the pressure he is feeling inside the car from Nico’s side of the garage.

With their rivalry escalating, Hamilton and Rosberg run the risk of destroying their working relationship in spectacular fashion. Mercedes is gradually edging closer to a ‘Turkey 2010’ moment that defines the 2014 season.

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