Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff is keen to keep a lid on the simmering rivalry between team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
The pair have dominated the Formula One campaign to date, winning nine of the 11 races between them, only Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has been able to disrupt the duopoly.
With eight events to go, Rosberg leads Hamilton by 11 points at the top of the standings, with Ricciardo a further 60 adrift.
At last month's Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton defied team orders to hold off Rosberg and claim second, with the rivalry between the pair evoking memories of that between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna in the late 1980s and early 90s.
With action due to return in Belgium later this month, Wolff expressed the importance of not allowing the colleagues' sporting rivalry to spill over, with Mercedes also looking to dominate the constructors' championship.
"For the drivers, it is about the drivers' world championship, but nevertheless you have to understand that there is a big organisation behind them - one of the biggest and most well-known brands in the world - and sometimes the team comes first," he told F1's official website.
"That is clear and both of them acknowledge and accept that. What we do is manage the team every day.
"Potentially it is going to get more heated, but if we carry on in performing as we do now I am still carefully optimistic that it is only up to the two of them in fighting for the world championship.
"Then we get to a situation where we could discuss if we want to maintain the way we work with each other.
"Do we think it is beneficial for the car, the team, and both sides of the garage? Or do we want to recalibrate a little bit, because it is about the two of them and one remaining world championship?
"That is a question mark - I don't know, because I haven't been there yet. It is new ground."
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