Lewis Hamilton insists his relationship with Nico Rosberg "isn't really causing any problems" at Mercedes following Toto Wolff's threat of a driver line-up change in future.
Hamilton and Mercedes completed back-to-back title triumphs this season but it was a campaign overshadowed at the end by barbed comments between the world champion and Rosberg. This week Mercedes boss Wolff said the team would have to consider replacing either driver in if the pair's poor relationship, which he called Mercedes' "biggest weakness", continued into next season.
Wolff went on to say about the in-house rivalry: "And this spills over into the team. It is something that needs to stop."
However, Hamilton thinks the negative side of his relationship with Rosberg has been blown out of proportion since the start of 2014.
"It is kind of crazy and they shouldn't really call us team-mates as such," Hamilton told BBC Radio Five Live. "The problem is there are two championships, [while] in football there is one championship. For us there is the constructors' championship and that is what they hire us and pay us to do, but individually we want to win the championship. So it is difficult.
"But this side [team-mate tension] is always blown out of proportion. We have had 16 one-two's, so our relationship isn't really causing any problems. It is not like he has been distracted and not finished high up or vice versa, so I think ultimately it is easy for people to take things for granted. We have both done a great job.
"We have not caused any problems, and the energy within the team is as high as it is ever going to be. And that is because we do what we do, and how we do it. We are never going to be best friends but somehow we make it work. There are tension moments...but that is the same in any kind of sport I imagine."
However, Hamilton used the same interview to have a dig at his team-mate, who he has previously claimed Mercedes has been "extra warm" to in order to placate his frustrations at finishing second in the championship for the second year in a row.
"You've seen he complains about a lot of things. But you kind of let it go over your head because that's just the way he is. It's kind of the different background we come from, I guess."