Team members confirmed this after Ellington spent time in the garage with team members only discussing race data and no Downton members we present at all.
Ellington spoke to VirtualSport and said, 'I think it is ludicrous for Marcus to make suggestions that I spoke to him after the race when I didn't. It's just complete lies! It seems like he is trying to defend his own driving. We touched! That's what I've got to say. He could have wiped us both out, but he doesn't think ahead does he! He does what he wants. What an idiot! He seems to think I spoke to him. I didn't! Did he have a dream after the race? I don't know. What I do know is that he needs to work on his attitude with the media before making such claims'.
When Ellington was informed that Bradley Downton claimed that Ellington was lying and was returning to 'old Ellington', Ellington fired back again. 'What is it with that team? They are just unprofessional. They let their driver lie and then try to accuse me of lying. Bradley has really gone down in my estimations as a team principal. We have had the discussion before that it was Zyla and my former management that we were responsible for the previous issues. The fact that he knows this and tries to use it against me suggests he knows he's lying. Some serious work needs to be done at that team! It's evident! PR, I don't care!'
A Peugeot representative has since confirmed that Lewis has ruled himself out of public interviews in the next round in order to avoid speculation. A statement read:
'After allegations made by Downton media today we have decided it would be in the best interest of Lewis Ellington to not partake in any media interviews next round. It will be strictly racing for Ellington and media are restricted from confronting Ellington or Downton about the situation.'