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Hamilton lifts lid on McLaren duel

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  • Hamilton sets record straight over relationship with McLaren teammate Alonso
  • "Competitive and respectful of each other...but not drivers at war" he says
  • McLaren statement says Hamilton did not use 'F' word at team boss Dennis
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WOKING, England (CNN) -- World championship leader Lewis Hamilton and title holder and McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso are planning a holiday meeting in the build-up to the Turkish Grand Prix on August 26.


Hamilton, left, and Alonso are fiercely competitive and respectful of each other but are not drivers at war.

News of the bonding session came in a statement issued by McLaren on behalf of Hamilton to set the record straight over the British rookie's relationship with double world champion Alonso.

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

"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."

Hamilton was referring to reports that he had used the 'F' word to his team principal Ron Dennis during the controversial build-up to the Hungarian Grand Prix.

And McLaren themselves issued a statement to "correct one important matter of untrue critical commentary."

The statement said "Over the last few days there has been some inaccurate and misleading reporting of certain events which transpired during the qualification for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"It has been reported that Lewis used the "F word" to Ron Dennis over the team radio immediately after the qualification session had been completed.

"The team have investigated this claim and reviewed the radio transmissions and we can categorically confirm that Lewis did not use the "F word" at any time during any conversation with the team.

"The team and Lewis are extremely disappointed that the use of the "F word" appears to have been invented and repeated to the media."

The reports surfaced last Saturday after a qualifying session in which Alonso had blocked Hamilton's exit from the pits in Budapest.

Alonso ended with the fastest time but was later handed a five-place grid penalty -- with eventual race winner Hamilton elevated to pole position. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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