Lewis Hamilton says trust is an alien concept in Formula One following his Belgian Grand Prix crash with team-mate Nico Rosberg.
The Mercedes pair came together on lap two at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit last month in a collision that ended Hamilton's hopes of a points finish as the Brit sustained a puncture.
Rosberg lost some of his front wing in the incident but was still able to finish second behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, extending his lead in the world championship over Hamilton to 29 points.
The German has since been punished by Mercedes after accepting responsibility for the crash, which served as a low point of a tumultuous season that appears to have seriously strained relations between the two.
And when pressed on whether there was a basis of trust and understanding in their relationship, the Hamilton was less than committal.
"Trust is a big word and that's not really something that I would particularly apply to racing on the track," Hamilton said at a press conference prior to this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.
"Nico and me, we've been racing for a long time and I think we set a good foundation a long, long time ago so that's what we work from."
The 29-year-old is now keen to move on from the incident and is focused on cutting the gap to Rosberg at Monza.
"It's [the crash] not in my mind. I'm really excited about moving forwards, really energetic, had a good couple of days break last week and excited to be here, this is one of my favourite circuits," Hamilton added.
"I hope that we can have a good weekend."
Meanwhile, Rosberg conceded he was not proud of his actions but is adamant the competition between him and Hamilton is healthy.
"In Spa definitely I was not proud of the way it went because in general I really want to contribute to my sport, because I want it to be the most entertaining sport in the world," Rosberg said.
"There's a healthy rivalry. The team is doing an unbelievable job, especially with the development of the car."