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.
Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso on track during qualifying © XPB/LAT
Lewis Hamilton's opening gambit, of brazenly refusing to honour a team agreement and repeated requests to allow Alonso past during the fuel-burning phase of final qualifying, was in stark contrast to his carefully-crafted image as the gushing and eternally grateful rookie content to be 'living the dream'.
However, if Hamilton was to place his own interests above team harmony in his quest for a maiden championship title, disregarding the team agreement and radio orders was the lowest-risk option at his disposal.