Ross Brawn sees no reason to get involved in the on-track rivalry between Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, despite the pair getting very close to each other at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Schumacher issued a very robust defense of his position against Rosberg on the approach to Turn 8 on the opening lap at the Yas Marina circuit, a move that could have resulted in the pair colliding. But despite the fact that Schumacher and Rosberg are getting involved in regular on-track battles for position, Brawn insists that he is happy with the way the two men are handling things.
When asked if he feared competitive tensions emerging between his two drivers, Brawn said: "I don't think it is emerging, I think it has always been there. You say to the guys, 'We will all work together in this as a team, and you have to find the right balance.'
"If I ever felt one driver was being outrageous against the other then we would talk about it, for sure, but nothing was said after Abu Dhabi because neither driver was upset about what the other one had done. It was pretty aggressive but they are free to race and I hope it can continue that way."
Brawn believes that Schumacher's focus at the moment is not actually on his race performance, but in improving his qualifying form against Rosberg.
"At the moment our drivers are fairly evenly matched in races, but Nico is better in qualifying – so I think that is the area that Michael is working on trying to improve. It took a little while for him to settle down and perhaps we expected, unreasonably, for him to walk in and pick it up where he finished. But particularly his race performances this year have been encouraging and I constantly say, if we give them a car they can both win races.