Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are set to battle it out this weekend to win on their home turf at the British Grand Prix but have insisted that they will keep a lid on their emotions in Sunday’s race.
The McLaren twosome are current first and second in the championship and have only six points separating them.
Former F1 World Champion Damon Hill has warned that their so far friendly rivalry could “boil over” this weekend as they fight to win the British Grand Prix in front of their home crowd.
Reigning World Champion Button said: "We both know that we are fighting for the championship and we’d love to win our home grand prix."
He added: "We have respect for each other but we are here to fight against each other to become the best – and we will,"
Tension is expected to be high at the weekend but could lead to problems on the track according to former champion Hill who will be watching the "close and fascinating battle" in what has been a hugely contested season so far.
Hamilton however has said that they are both professionals and although they’d both like to win, they are looking to the long term.
He said: "The important thing to remember is that the championship isn’t going to be won this weekend,"
"The emotions are high and it’s a special grand prix for us but it won’t be necessary to do anything silly on the last lap as there’s a long, long way to go.
"It’s always very, very interesting to hear past world champions talk about present world champions. It’s just interesting to see how it plays out; whether they know what they are talking about or not. We’ll find out later in the year I guess."
There has been some previous tension on the track after Button passed Hamilton just after Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel had crashed in the Turkish Grand Prix, when Hamilton had been told to conserve fuel.
Current champion Button added: "We have done a great job so far of pushing each other really hard, not just on the circuit but off it too, with developing the car and the set-up.
"There’s a good relationship and I’m sure it will continue but if you’re both quick you will be racing wheel to wheel."
Hamilton is currently favourite over Button to triumph in the British Grand Prix with best odds of 3/1 with Sportingbet .