No ‘F-word’ exchange in Hungary – McLaren

Fri, 10 August 2007, 12:47

Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren team insist that the British rookie did not use the ‘F-word’ at the recent Hungarian grand prix.

The information was sent to the media by McLaren in the form of an official statement, after press commentary in recent days criticised the 22-year-old championship leader for reportedly arguing with his team boss Ron Dennis during qualifying at the Hungaroring.

In McLaren’s latest complaint about the F1 press, the statement referred to “inaccurate and misleading reports” about Hamilton and Dennis’ apparently foul-mouthed exchange.

“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 statement read.

Hamilton was also quoted as rejecting media claims of a ‘war’ with his teammate Fernando Alonso, insisting that the pair are “fiercely competitive and respectful of each other”.

The official statement revealed that the pair’s apparent silence stand-off is now at an end, after they have “spoken since the weekend”.

“In fact, Fernando and I plan to meet up over the holiday period,” Hamilton also said in the statement.

He continued: “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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