Inexplicable Lapse
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Inexplicable Lapse

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, Richard Barnes

When McLaren's intra-team fight for the championship turned personal during qualifying for last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, it had major ramifications for the race. Richard Barnes tries to make sense of it all

It had to happen, sooner rather than later. From the time Lewis Hamilton alleged his number two status following the Monaco Grand Prix, it was clear that the 22-year-old rookie was set on an unavoidable collision course with teammate and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.

While it was no surprise when the simmering conflict came to a head during qualifying for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, the manner in which the combatants declared hostilities was both stunningly abrupt and ill-considered.

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