Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton is certain the in-fighting affecting rivals Red Bull could never happen at McLaren despite team mate Jenson Button lying just behind him in second spot.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber won the British Grand Prix but the Australian was incensed after the team took a new wing off his car and handed it to team mate Sebastian Vettel for the qualifying session.
Hamilton coasted to a second place finish to stretch his overall lead to 12 points while defending champion and fellow Briton Button came in fourth before letting his team mate hop in his road car.
“He gave me a lift home at Silverstone last week and I would do the same for him,” said Hamilton, while acknowledging the pair are not best friends and rarely relax together.
“No, there’s respect,” he added when asked if Red Bull’s woes could ever be witnessed in the current McLaren set up.
Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, was awarded the prestigious Lorenzo Bandini trophy at the weekend in the small northern Italian town of Brisighella.
“It’s strange. I’ve had four solid races, two wins and two second places, and yet I’m only 12 points ahead,” he said.
“We’ll have to see how it goes but if I can increase that gap a bit I’ll certainly be happier.”