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27/05/2014 07:06 BST | Updated 27/05/2014 07:59 BST

Lewis Hamilton: 'Nico Rosberg Is Not My Friend'

Lewis Hamilton has clarified Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg is not his friend as the pair battle for this year's Formula One world title.

Hamilton was in a more reflective mood after his sullen, purse-lipped character on show in the immediate aftermath of being beaten by Rosberg for the second successive year at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The contentious incident in qualifying on Saturday, following which Hamilton suggested Rosberg was deliberate with his actions that denied him pole, clearly still rankled just over 24 hours later.

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Hamilton and Rosberg are challenging for the Formula 1 world title

Although Hamilton and Rosberg are no longer on speaking terms, the Briton has dismissed suggestions their relationship is now broken.

"We live in the same building (in Monaco), and I am sure when we turn up at the next place we will be as professional as ever," Hamilton said.

"People talk about us being best friends, but we are not. We have not been since we were 13 years old. I say hi to him and he says hi to me. We don't have lunch together. We don't have dinners. We are cool."

"What happened on Sunday was not a bad day. We were second and first, which is pretty awesome and better than I did there last year (finishing fourth), so I still left with my dignity intact."

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