Tension is still a factor in the BMW-Sauber garage in 2007.
Although teammates Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica deny that they struggle to get along, rumours of a strained relationship continue to regularly circulate.
In the Malaysian grand prix, the pair collided at the first corner, sparking Heidfeld’s revelation after the race that Kubica had “apologised” for the clash.
But Pole Kubica, 22, told the Swiss newspaper Blick in Bahrain: “What I am supposed to have apologised for?
“Obviously Nick misunderstood my words.”
Kubica’s manager Daniele Morelli added: “There is nothing to be sorry about. Nick simply closed the door on Robert and they made contact.”
Kubica insists that the only missing link for him in 2007 is bad reliability, after failing to score a single point compared with Heidfeld’s tally of 10.
He also pointed a finger at BMW strategists “mistakes” in both events this year in mistiming his qualifying runs.
“Just give me a reliable car and I will deliver the results,” he said.
“In Malaysia I was the only one who could be close to the pace of McLaren and Ferrari until qualifying, when our problems began.”