Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton has moved to defuse some of the controversy currently surrounding the McLaren team by insisting that he isn't at war with team-mate Fernando Alonso.

The apparently strained relationship between the two hit a new low during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, when Hamilton ignored team orders during the final stage of qualifying at the Hungaroring - Alonso responded by seeming to delay his team-mate in the pits, preventing Hamilton from having one final run at pole position.

It was an incident that resulted in Alonso being given a five place grid penalty while McLaren was unable to score any points towards the constructors' championship - although the Woking based outfit has since confirmed that it will appeal against the decision to the FIA.

Immediately after the race had drawn to a close, with Hamilton taking a third win of the season and Alonso finishing fourth, the young Briton told the press that Alonso wasn't speaking to him, but says that the pair have now spoken about the events of the weekend to clear the air and there is no 'war' within the team.

"For the record, Fernando and I are fiercely competitive and respectful of each other," he said in a statement issued by the team. "We are both ambitious drivers who want to win. However, we are not drivers at war, as has been widely reported.

"Although we did not speak on Sunday we have spoken since the weekend and continue to have a professional working relationship. In fact, Fernando and I plan to meet up over the holiday period.

"As an individual in my first year in Formula 1 I have done my utmost to conduct myself in a professional and open manner. Of course, I have made mistakes, not least during the last weekend, and those are open to public scrutiny. I have my own regrets and have dealt with matters arising. However, it is disappointing that inflammatory and untrue material is given to the media and published which may damage reputations. This inflammatory material is then commentated on by many others as if it is factual.

"Whilst I wouldn't normally communicate through press statements, I felt it important to set this matter straight."



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