Ferrari are heading towards a “great disaster”, according to former world champion Nico Rosberg.
Tension is mounting between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc as they battle to be the No 1 driver with the Italian team.
Rosberg knows all about in-house problems as he and Lewis Hamilton had a sour relationship when they were Mercedes team-mates in 2016.
And he can see similarities between his issues three years ago and what is going on at Ferrari at present.
“The problem with Ferrari is that they did not specify what had to happen,” Rosberg said on his YouTube channel.
“Ferrari did not do a good job with its attempt to take advantage of the departures, it is the most difficult thing there is.
“If you do, you have to make everything very clear because otherwise you leave it open for interpretation.
“It’s what happened and Vettel tried to benefit from it.
“Now it is going to cause a great disaster. It is the snowball effect: one pilot loses confidence in the other, he returns the blow and causes the other to lose confidence.
“The ball gets bigger and bigger, it goes worse and worse.
“It will end in a crash and, when it arrives, the situation will get even worse and it will get out of control.
“It is a very complicated situation and depends on the management.
“Toto (Wolff, Mercedes boss) did well with us because he treated us equally.
“He divided the blame between the two, even if only one had it.”
Problems arose at the Russian Grand Prix last weekend when Leclerc let Vettel past him after an order came over the team radio.
However, the German did not return the favour later in the race when he was told to do so by Ferrari chiefs.