Nico Rosberg believes Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is making Red Bull look like the bad guys as tension between the two teams came to a crux in recent races.
There has been a war of words throughout 2021 between Mercedes and Red Bull whilst Christian Horner and Helmut Marko were particularly annoyed following a controversial collision Silverstone when Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided.
"Management is crucial and Toto has been managing it very well," Rosberg told Sky Sports. "He is really making Red Bull look like more and more the bad guys now with [them] trying to protest and all these things.
"He’s super-smart as well with playing the media game and also internally, really revving everyone up to try and beat them together."
Rosberg thinks Horner has not been as smart with the off-track games which may have affected Red Bull's performance as they lost the lead to Mercedes in both championships after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
"I would say maybe not quite as smart and good in the last couple of days," said Rosberg. "It was not ideal and has maybe also pushed Max to have that outburst [after qualifying in Hungary] in the media. So Christian not ideal, Max not ideal and it puts you on the back foot.
"Then you don’t qualify very well, Max’s car did have more pace than that, so it all comes together and I would definitely say advantage Hamilton and Mercedes at the moment in a big way."