Mercedes to confront Rosberg-Hamilton 'anarchy'

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Mercedes' celebrations over Nico Rosberg's first world title have been overshadowed by "anarchy" between the world champion and Lewis Hamilton.

Some reports have said the team could even punish the Briton for slowing down the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday in the hope that rival teammate Rosberg could be overtaken and lose the title.

Hamilton twice rejected team instructions to speed up as Rosberg came under threat from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said: "It's very simple: anarchy does not work in any team and in any company. A precedent has been set. Undermining a structure in public means you are putting yourself before the team."

According to Wolff, Mercedes will "look at the overall situation and say 'what does it mean?' Everything is possible.

"Maybe we want to give them more freedom next year, or go with the harsher side where we feel the values were not respected. I am not sure yet where my finger is going to point or the needle is going to go."

Hamilton has said Mercedes should have just let the teammates race out their rivalry. "I don't think I did anything dangerous, I don't think I did anything unfair. We were fighting for the championship, I was in the lead so I control the pace."

But Hamilton's behavior and future relationship with Rosberg will be only one of a host of new challenges next season when Formula One ushers in a raft of rule changes and faster cars.

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