Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be free to race each other for the world championship, team boss Toto Wolff confirmed on Thursday. 

Following the Austrian Grand Prix where the pair collided with each other for the third time this season, Wolff suggested that team orders may be implemented from the British Grand Prix onwards in order to solidify their position at the top of the championship.

However, after discussing the issue Thursday between the drivers and team bosses Wolff and Paddy Lowe, it was decided that the pair would be free to fight for the title but would have to operate together on a stricter rules of engagement.

“This freedom comes with a duty for our drivers to respect the values of the team,” the Mercedes team statement read.

“In the past five races, there have been three incidents which have cost us over 50 points in the constructors’ championship.

“We have therefore strengthened our Rules of Engagement to include much greater deterrents to contact between our cars.

“With these in place, we will trust our drivers to manage the situation between them on track. Their destiny is in their own hands.”

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