Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff has rejected all post-race conspiracy talk surrounding Formula One's leading team in the aftermath of Lewis Hamilton's victory in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
Wolff said suggestions that Mercedes had wanted to see championship leader Nico Rosberg miss his braking point at the first chicane and so hand the race leadership, and victory, to the Briton were entirely groundless.
British media had made much of speculation that the German had been following possible team orders to ensure that Hamilton profited from his first pole position in eight races.
The latest conjecture came just two weeks after the pair had collided on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix in an accident that resulted in Rosberg enlarging his lead in the title race to 29 points after Hamilton retired.
Hamilton's win on Sunday trimmed the lead to 22 points as Rosberg came home second in a Mercedes one-two.
Wolff said it was virtually impossible for a team to have executed what happened in the race deliberately.
He said: "Only a paranoid mind could come up with such an idea? If it had been our idea, it would have been bloody well done!
"There was lots of pressure on Nico because Lewis was so quick in qualifying and you could see that in the race."