Sebastian Vettel has refuted claims that team orders have been in effect at Ferrari and he has been racing "flat out" with Kimi Raikkonen all year.
Vettel has four wins this season compared to Raikkonen's zero, while there is currently a 92-point gap between the World Championship leader and the Finn who occupies fifth in the standings.
But Vettel revealed his surprise at the assumption that he has been getting preferential treatment at Ferrari this season.
“I am a bit surprised by the way things are put," Vettel said at the Drivers' Press Conference.
“I think Kimi and myself, I can’t speak for other people, but Kimi and myself I think we have been racing each other all year.
“I read or I heard after the Hungarian Grand Prix that he was protecting me.
“I think if you speak to him he can make it pretty clear. He was, how can I say, I don’t think he was leaving anything behind.